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Dear Tucsonan,

Whether you are a fellow news junkie, a business owner who needs up-to-date information, or a voter trying to make sense of the issues, accurate and timely reporting is vital to a healthy community.

But our sources of quality news are vanishing. People are astounded to learn that there are hundreds of fewer reporters watching Southern Arizona than there were a few years ago, but it's true.

No one asked you if you’d miss the Tucson Citizen when it stopped publication after 138 years. No one asked whether it was a good idea for other local print outlets to slash their reporting staffs and freelance budgets, or if local TV and radio stations should cut their already slim news teams.

No one asked if out-of-town chain media corporations should lay off scores of local journalists or quietly leave positions unfilled. No one asked you if less coverage of the City Council, Rio Nuevo or border issues was a good idea.

A smarter Tucson is a better Tucson is asking you.

We’re asking for your input, for your contributions as a community commenter, and yes, for your money.

We are Tucson’s independent, locally run source of nonpartisan news. Since our 2010 launch, we've gained an increasing readership that cares about making Tucson a better place, and published nearly 20,000 stories that are relevant to local readers.

As a local nonprofit, we rely on your gifts to provide comprehensive news and info about Southern Arizona. We offer professional reporting, community conversation and background data while encouraging a meaningful debate. provides context by allowing broad-based community input, through informed analysis and public commentary. We strive to be an honest broker of civic engagement, to be evenhanded and develop quality journalism.

We believe that just as an unexamined life is not worth living, an unexamined city is not worth living in.

But insightful reporting doesn’t come free. Please join our supporters and make your tax-deductible contribution today. Our dedicated staff and eager volunteers thank you.

Stand with the Sentinel and keep watching Tucson.

  • Dylan Smith
  • Editor & Publisher
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