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On Giving Tuesday, please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. 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.

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In a year when Donald Trump's talk about the border made headlines around the nation, our boots-on-the-ground coverage of the wave of undocumented Central Americans, allegations of mistreatment by Border Patrol, and the stream of drug busts has given a deep look at the subject.

We helped hold politicians accountable, digging into what's going on behind closed doors at the Pima County Board of Supervisors, at the Tucson Unified School District, with candidates breaking campaign finance rules, and mapping out the road ahead for your taxes (and road construction).

We've done all that with work by border reporter Paul Ingram, business reporter Betty Beard, sports correspondents Ted Prezelski and Daniel Gaona, political columnist/analyst Blake Morlock, investigations by Dylan Smith, and more.

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Many people aren't aware that there are hundreds of journalists who are no longer reporting, right here in Tucson. Continuing layoffs and shutdowns at chain newspapers and TV stations mean there are many fewer watchdogs than a decade ago. Across the United States, there are 30 percent fewer reporters in newsrooms than there used to be — that's about 20,000 fewer journalists keeping us all in the know.

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At TucsonSentinel.com, we believe strongly in local independent online news. That's why our editor and publisher, Dylan Smith, helped found a national organization, LION Publishers, to help foster other local indie news organizations.

We're LOCAL: News about Tucson should be reported by journalists who know Southern Arizona. National and chain-owned outlets don't have the background to put our news into context. Our reporters and editors are here, our organization is headquartered here, and our longterm success depends on Tucson's success in being an informed community that makes wise decisions. We don't just report on Tucson, we live here and love our community.

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We're ONLINE: TucsonSentinel.com leverages the power of the Internet to bring you breaking news as it happens, and in-depth investigative reports.

We're NEWS: You can find photo galleries of cheerleaders all over the Internet. Whether it's bringing you the news before it's history or providing long-form journalism, we deliver insightful reporting that's relevant to readers.

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Journalism is an 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.

We produce rigorous reporting that explains complex issues, holds the powerful accountable and provides a voice to all who live in Southern Arizona. We tell thoughtful stories that would otherwise go untold. Importantly, we take the time to put the news into context, providing the local perspective that's missing from mass-produced parachute journalism and canned coverage.

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