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Border grant allows Sentinel to report 'Untold Stories' is proud and excited to announce we've been awarded a $50,000 grant to report "Cuentos sin Cuentos: Unheard Voices and Untold Stories from the Borderlands."

The grant 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 will include investigative reporting, multimedia storytelling, breaking news coverage and curation of the best journalism on border and immigration issues by other news outlets.

We'll go 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.

"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.'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 will act as the fiscal sponsor of the grant.

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.

As a locally run nonprofit, we rely on your donations to provide comprehensive news and info about Southern Arizona. 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.

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