It's been a little more than a month since it was announced the Missoula Independent was shutting down.  Now, some former employees are hoping they can find a way to start their own paper.

Five people make up the group of former reporters, writers and editors of the Independent.  They're planning to take inspiration from the former publication - but the goal is to create something distinct.

Former writer, Erika Fredrickson, says the community has played a role in motivating the group to pursue it's new adventure - “Just having the experience of people being so supportive has been sort of overwhelming but in a good way. It sort of is what has fueled all of us to go from being, you know, saying we should start a paper to being to the point where we have to do this”.

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