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Why the Sentinel is different: Real local Tucson news with context & impact

Join the Watchdog Club & double your support for authentically local reporting

Dear Reader,

I'm Dylan Smith, the founder of TucsonSentinel.com, and I'd like just a few minutes of your time to let you know why our authentically local nonprofit newsroom is like no other news outlet in Southern Arizona.

And I'm asking you to support our important work — when you donate to our watchdog reporting during November & December, YOUR GIFT CAN BE MATCHED DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR with the special NewsMatch program.

Subscribe and stretch your donation over time:

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The news we all need, needs your support!

Our reporting over the next year will be focused on how our community finds a path forward — how do we bridge differences and work together to recover from the pandemic?

With your help, we'll keep holding local politicians and the powerful to account, as we've done for nearly the past 12 years — but we'll also be digging into solutions for longstanding problems. We'll be reporting on the ties that bind us and the dreams that push us, in addition to our investigations into what's going wrong.

Our reporters — including senior reporter Paul Ingram's award-winning journalism and photography on the border, immigration and local politics, and IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Access) reporter Bennito L. Kelty (a Report for America corps member) — will tell the stories that aren't being told anyplace else, breaking the news with exclusive scoops and deep details.

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

Nobody covers Tucson, Pima County and the unique community challenges and special culture of our Arizona Borderlands the way the Tucson Sentinel does.

You can back this work by becoming a member of our WATCHDOG CLUB today!

All the support we receive over the next 6 weeks will be dedicated to funding reporting that moves us past the challenges of the past two years, reflects on our community and shines a light forward to the future.

As a local nonprofit, the Tucson Sentinel depends on the support of readers like you to keep this critical work going.

I’m excited to share that we have an incredible opportunity to increase the impact of your donation through NewsMatch, a call to action to support nonprofit news organizations around the country.

From now through the end of the year, NewsMatch will match your new monthly donation 12 times or double your one-time gift, all up to $1,000 per person.

If you sign up to contribute $20 or $40 per month as a Stringer or Correspondent-level member, NewsMatch will support us with $240 or $480 in recognition of your gift.

Become a Copy Desk Chief with a $1,000 donation to ensure that we're spelling things right and quadruple-checking the facts, and NewsMatch will double your money with a contribution to the Sentinel.

And if you're already a WATCHDOG CLUB member, NewsMatch will still match any increase you make in your monthly gift, or your entire one-time gift, through December.

Subscribe and stretch your donation over time:

$10/mo. Cub Reporter
$15/mo. Printer's Devil
$20/mo. Stringer
$40/mo. Correspondent
$50/mo. Senior Correspondent
Enter your own monthly amount (number only)

Or give a secure one-time gift with PayPal or your credit card:

$5,000 Newshound
$2,500 Trusted Source
$1,000 Copy Desk Chief
$500 Correspondent
$250 Stringer
$100 Printer's Devil
$50 Cub reporter
$25 Informed Source
$10 Dear Reader
Enter your own amount (below)

For an independent local organization like us, this funding will go a long way — and can make a real difference in keeping our community informed.

Like what you're reading? Support high-quality local journalism and help underwrite independent news without the spin.

Watchdog Club members receive:

  • Special members-only email updates
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  • Advance notice and special tickets for TucsonSentinel.com events
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  • The knowledge that you're helping TucsonSentinel.com report the most accurate news about meaningful events in Southern Arizona

Will you help power the news that helps make for a smarter, better Tucson?

We want to do more investigative work that is deeply personal and impactful for Southern Arizonans. You and your neighbors, and everyone else who lives here, deserve this kind of journalism — reporting that surfaces important issues, grassroots perspectives, and important historical context.

But this kind of work is time-consuming. While we often reporting important breaking news stories first, enterprise reporting can require months to talk to people on the ground, find sources with expertise, to research, to dig up documents and data that sometimes is intentionally obscured and hard to find.

Many of the stories we bring you are facts that some people do not want you to know.

In short, doing that requires resources. Professional local reporters don't do their work to get rich, but they are talented, experienced professionals.

We simply couldn’t do this work without the support of people like you who care, who understand the importance of living in an informed community.

Will you pitch in today? Every dollar you contribute now can equal two dollars to us because of the generous matching grant from Newsmatch.

Subscribe and stretch your donation over time:

$10/mo. Cub Reporter
$15/mo. Printer's Devil
$20/mo. Stringer
$40/mo. Correspondent
$50/mo. Senior Correspondent
Enter your own monthly amount (number only)

Or give a secure one-time gift with PayPal or your credit card:

$5,000 Newshound
$2,500 Trusted Source
$1,000 Copy Desk Chief
$500 Correspondent
$250 Stringer
$100 Printer's Devil
$50 Cub reporter
$25 Informed Source
$10 Dear Reader
Enter your own amount (below)

Thank you very much, and I hope you're staying safe & healthy.

cheers,

Dylan Smith
Editor & Publisher
TucsonSentinel.com


P.S. Please help us spread the word! Do you have friends and colleagues who share your commitment to living in an informed community? Remind them to support real local news at TucsonSentinel.com. Please share this story with them (and thank you in advance!).

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