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Now more than ever, we need solid journalism

We're very grateful for the support we received from so many Tucsonans on #GivingTuesday: a nationwide annual event to demonstrate holiday spirit by giving to worthy nonprofit groups. But we still need to raise more to fund TucsonSentinel.com's fearless, award-winning local reporting. And you can help.

If you haven't yet, please join so many other readers in backing our work. If you have already, please accept our thanks — and tell your friends and family how important it is that they also give to support truly independent local journalism.

Last week was also #GivingNewsDay, a special effort to support nonprofit journalism organizations, organized by #NewsMatch — which will match your gift to support TucsonSentinel.com's work, dollar-for-dollar.

And that match lasts until the end of the year.

So join with your fellow readers and support our work. Now more than ever, we need solid journalism. We'll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin.

Doing real reporting isn't cheap. We invest all of our funding in our work — paying smart reporters and editors to dig up the truth, provide insight, and produce the public-interest journalism that is a vital hallmark of a healthy community.

Reporting from a local perspective is important, but it takes knowledgeable professionals who work hard to bring you (and your neighbors) solid local news with guts and love for Tucson. TucsonSentinel.com is a locally run nonprofit organization, and a recognized leader in local independent online news.

Your contribution will allow us to dig even deeper into Tucson's untold stories — with more watchdog investigations to hold our civic leaders accountable and more coverage that celebrates why we all love our Southern Arizona home. TucsonSentinel.com's independent investigative work takes a lot of time, money and hard work to report — not to mention deep local experience. But we do it because we know it matters — and we know our readers value our efforts.

TucsonSentinel.com relies on contributions from our readers to support our reporting on Tucson's civic affairs. Donate to TucsonSentinel.com today!
If you're already supporting us, please encourage your friends, neighbors, colleagues and customers to help support quality local independent journalism.

At TucsonSentinel.com, our job is to bring you the truth. And the truth is, dogged reporting costs money — and keeping a free press free to read for everyone means we need our most loyal readers to pitch in.

That's where you come in.

We count on readers like you to help us pursue these important stories. If you value what we're doing and want to see TucsonSentinel.com continue and grow, please make your gift today.

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We rely on Tucsonans like you

As we celebrate the holiday season, we have much to be thankful for — including the wonderful outpouring of community support for tenacious and meaningful watchdog journalism.

And whether you donated on #GivingTuesday #GivingNewsDay or anytime during December, your gift to support local nonprofit news will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the special NewsMatch program.

This important initiative to strengthen selected nonprofit newsrooms is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Facebook Journalism Project, the Gates Family Foundation, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.This is a great opportunity to help us produce more of the strong accountability journalism you have come to expect from TucsonSentinel.com.

Since our founding eight years ago, you've come to rely our reporting. A lot of Southern Arizonans have. No one covers local politics, public policy and border and immigration issues with the same skill, integrity and understanding as we do.

Local nonprofit independent media outlets like ours face significant challenges. We frankly struggle with resources and could certainly use another couple of capable reporters digging into what goes on in this town. Tucson needs that.

It takes a lot of energy and scrappiness to uphold the high quality of our reporting.

Support TucsonSentinel.com today, because a smarter Tucson is a better Tucson.

And it takes money. Our staff are talented professionals, some with decades of experience in investigative and community journalism. And maintaining our computers, website, cameras, replacing worn-out shoe leather and putting gas in trucks for trips through the desert adds to our costs.

To make things work, we rely on donations from readers like you. That's why TucsonSentinel.com needs your help with a tremendous opportunity.

Your gift — doubled!

I'm excited to announce a matching gift opportunity from NewsMatch, a prestigious national campaign to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations like ours. Through the end of the year — NewsMatch will match — dollar-for-dollar — each donation we receive, up to $1,000 per individual donor.

That's right: each dollar you give to support truly local independent journalism about Tucson will be matched. And even better, if you sign up right now to give monthly, each dollar you give through all of 2019 will be matched. Pitch in just $20 per month to our experienced local reporters, and NewsMatch will give $240 to TucsonSentinel.com's work.

Will you please give today to invest in the news that you and your neighbors need?

This is an incredible opportunity for us and for you, as one of our loyal readers. With NewsMatch, we could receive as much as $25,000 in additional funding through the end of the year, on top of your gifts. That would be an enormous boost for us as a bootstrapped startup nonprofit.

A smarter Tucson is a better Tucson

Keeping Tucson well informed is an important factor in the overall well-being of our community.

The Sentinel's accountability journalism and celebration of Tucson's unique culture has gained respect not just locally, but across the country — that's why we're among the leaders in the growing movement to rebuild local journalism from the ground up (I'm one of the founders of Local Independent Online News Publishers, a national educational nonprofit). It's also why TucsonSentinel.com is among the participants picked for the special opportunity offered by NewsMatch.

Our work has been recognized by a number of journalism organizations. "What the Devil won't tell you"columnist Blake Morlock was named the first-place winner of the 2017 Community Column Writing award by the Arizona Press Club. Coverage of border and immigration issues and watchdog reporting on local elections won several other awards from the Arizona Press Club, with recognition for Paul Ingram, Joe Watson and Dylan Smith.

Ingram and Watson were awarded second place for Community Immigration Reporting, and third place for Statewide Immigration Reporting, while I was named first runner-up for the Press Club's Community Journalist of the Year. Ingram won a national award for his photojournalism, receiving an an honorable mention from the Institute for Nonprofit News in the Impact Prize for Nonprofit News Photography contest. I was named as a winner of the annual Sledgehammer Award by the Arizona Press Club for pushing government officials to release information. The Sledgehammers are a tribute to journalists who relentlessly seek the truth, smashing through obstacles thrown their way.

Tax-deductible, too

Because TucsonSentinel.com is a nonprofit news organization, any donation you make between now and December 31 not only gets doubled by NewsMatch, but it's also fully tax-deductible. So won't you make a donation today and have it matched, dollar-for-dollar?

Fighting fake news with real reporting

With this matching gift program, we can bring you even more of the serious journalism you've come to expect from us. Whether it's the solid border and immigration reporting and photography from Paul Ingram (including his persistent coverage of both trials of Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz); our deep dig into the rape allegation against congressional candidate Yahya Yuksel (and his error-laden campaign filings); TucsonSentinel.com being the first to call the winner of the Sinema/McSally Senate race; our obituary of political legend Dick Tuck prompting reports by the New York Times, Washington Post and others around the world; my stream of investigations into other campaign filings by local political committees and candidates; the celebrations of Tucson's musical creativity from Julie Jennings Patterson; Betty Beard's experienced takes on business and economic stories; talented FC Tucson soccer reports by Ted Prezelski and amazing actions photos by Josh Pearson; the knowing eye and relevant explanations of Blake Morlock in his award-winning "What the Devil won't tell you" columns; Paul's award-winning work with Joe Watson about the possible deportation of Marine vet George Ybarra being picked up around the world (including by the Guardian and Bill Moyers); and TucsonSentinel.com being the only news outlet in the nation to write about the move to exempt the Border Patrol from the Freedom of Information Act (a provision that was pulled immediately after we reported on it) — TucsonSentinel.com does reporting that no one else is tackling.

But, simply put, without you and your donation, the stories that make us all smarter, wiser and more rounded citizens may go untold.

We would be deeply grateful for your help in unlocking the vital additional funds offered by NewsMatch. Your gift right now will advance our mission of delivering tough watchdog reporting in the public interest into 2019.

Please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. We'll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin.

We count on readers like you to help us pursue these important stories. If you value what we're doing and want to see TucsonSentinel.com continue and grow, please make your tax-deductible gift today!

If you've already donated, thanks so much for your support. If you haven't yet, please join donors like Sally Sumner, Curtis McCrary, David Joseph, Sharon Bronson, Carolyn Campbell, Regina Suitt, Mark Mason, Mari Jensen, Michal J. Glines, Peter Jorgensen, Ted Schmidt, Christina Walker Rowden, Maggie Golston, Susan Knight, Jan Lesher, Sylvia Lee, Regina Parks, Mark Kimble, Kurt Ijams, Anne Gomez, Beth Borozan, Peter Jorgensen, Charlotte Lowe, Chuck Huckelberry, John Kovacik, Elizabeth Ervin, as well as Chris Hostetter, Marsha Irwin, Pernela Jones & Scott Egan, Sylvia Lee, Dorothy Barth, Paul Ingram, David Bryan, Martina O'Brien, CT Revere, Andrew Lenards, Theresa Grant, Courtney Johnson, and so many more, and give your gift today!

Here's what's scary

With the challenges we face as a community, and the heated partisan rhetoric about which set of "facts" to believe, there's never been a more urgent need for independent, transparent and vigilant local reporting. And sadly, chain media outlets run by companies headquartered thousands of miles away have demonstrated that they're not going to invest more in our town. They're just going to continue to cut.

You may not know that there are hundreds of journalists who are no longer reporting, just right here in Tucson, compared to a decade ago. There are only about half as many newspaper journalists in this country as there were a decade ago. Layoffs and shutdowns at chain newspapers and TV stations mean there are many fewer watchdogs looking out for us. Even as our community is growing, our press is shrinking dramatically.

That's why it's even more important to have journalism here that's invested in the success and future of this community.

And it's why we have big plans to expand our reach, deepen our reporting, and increase the impact of authentically local news this year and next — but we need help from the community right now.

I know an informed community is important to you, and that you understand the consequences when watchdogs lose their teeth and are muzzled. We can't make wise decisions as a community without having solid, relevant information. That requires a healthy press — and that requires readers who recognize the value we deliver in making everyone in this town a little bit smarter.

We're committed to making quality news accessible; we'll never set up a paywall or charge for our site. But we rely on your support to bring you, your neighbors and everyone else in Southern Arizona independent news without the spin.

Thanks for reading, and for your support of quality, nonprofit, nonpartisan local reporting.

cheers,

Dylan Smith

Editor & Publisher
TucsonSentinel.com

Thanks to our donors and sponsors for their support of local independent reporting. Join Nickolas VanKleek, Jane Zavisca, and Anonymous and contribute today!

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We don't often get an opportunity like NewsMatch. Please invest in the local news we need today.

Journalism is a vital public service in a democracy. Investigative reporting uncovers injustice, exposes corruption and holds officials accountable. Community reporting celebrates the unique nature of Tucson's people, reflecting our sense of place through a knowing lens.

We aim to provide both: to point out the things we all love about Southern Arizona, and point to possible solutions for what needs changing. We believe that just as an unexamined life is not worth living, an unexamined city is not worth living in. A smarter Tucson is a better Tucson.

But insightful reporting doesn't come free. Make your gift today — you may make a one-time contribution, or sign up for a monthly subscription that supports nonpartisan reporting year-round.

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Do us a huge favor and help spread the word about TucsonSentinel.com by telling your friends and family about us, and why you believe truly independent local news is so vital. Thanks!

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