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Sentinel awarded 2 grants to report 'Untold Stories' from the border

TucsonSentinel.com is proud and excited to announce we were recently awarded two prestigious grants to support our work: a renewal of a $50,000 grant to report "Cuentos sin Cuentos: Unheard Voices and Untold Stories from the Borderlands," and a $35,000 challenge grant that will match new and increased revenues.

The grants, both from the national Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, will help support our work in reporting the full story of the border region in which we live.

The "Cuentos sin Cuentos" project includes investigative reporting, multimedia storytelling, breaking news coverage and curation of the best journalism on border and immigration issues by other news outlets.

We'll continue going beyond surface-level reports on border enforcement, delving into environmental, family and cultural issues with a team of reporters and editors as they produce multimedia journalism on this contentious but under-reported area.

We're proud that EEJF has shown confidence in our work by renewing their support — grants from the foundation are very competitive and it's an honor to receive their backing.

But we can't rely on outside support alone. TucsonSentinel.com's industry-leading reporting needs your help.

Please join EEJF in supporting our work — your contribution could be doubled with a match from the challenge grant! New donors and those who increase their support will have their donations matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $35,000 in 2014.

"Cuentos sin Cuentos" means "Tales without telling." While the U.S.-Mexico border is the focus of continuing heated political debate, there are few reporters on the ground focused on the topic. Most coverage is done by national reporters with little grounding in the subject, and thus lacks context and depth.

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TucsonSentinel.com's journalists don't cover the drug war in a day and then move on. We don't take a quick peak at the border fence and fly back to the coast the next day. We live and work here; Southern Arizona is our home, and we care deeply about the future of the border region.

Our goal with "Cuentos sin Cuentos," as in all of our work, is to cut through the rhetoric and foster a respectful dialogue about border and immigration issues through comprehensive reporting.

We're honored to receive the support of the prestigious Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and very pleased to partner with the Investigative News Network, who act as the fiscal sponsor of the grant.

EEJF’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. TucsonSentinel.com was one of 25 journalism organizations across the country to receive EEJF grants in the recent cycle.

"New models are necessary to continue the important work of investigative journalism in the public interest," said EEJF president and CEO Bob Ross in announcing the grants. "We are pleased to partner with the organizations announced today as they work to stimulate positive change through innovative models."

INN, who act as the nonprofit fiscal sponsor for TucsonSentinel.com, was founded in 2009 to help the increasing number of nonprofit newsrooms pool resources, promote editorial collaborations and get wider distribution of their work. INN is composed of organizations that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism of regional, national and international scope.

Please join them and support quality local independent journalism. While the EEJF grant is an important boost to our efforts to ensure that professional local news thrives in Tucson, we need your help — and your contribution could be doubled thanks to EEJF!

As a locally run nonprofit, we rely on your donations to provide comprehensive news and info about Southern Arizona. TucsonSentinel.com 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 contribution today. Our dedicated staff thank you.

Thanks to our donors and sponsors for their support of local independent reporting. Join Chris Hostetter, Christine M Whitley, and Edna Gray and contribute today!

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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A girl holds a signs that reads 'Not one more death' during a protest in the Mexican border city of Nogales, Sonora, in October 2013.

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