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Deadline Dec. 31: Be a Sentinel Watchdog & TRIPLE your donation to real local news!

Support Tucson Sentinel's award-winning nonprofit newsroom & your gift can be matched, 2-1 — plus even more impact.

  • Sign up now — and your support can be TRIPLED — or more!
    Sign up now — and your support can be TRIPLED — or more!

Give to real local journalism that matters — your donation TRIPLED before midnight on Dec. 31! Support the watchdog reporters of the nonprofit independent newsroom at TucsonSentinel.com.

Crunch time! The news you need, needs you now - NewsMatch deadline on New Year's Eve

To meet our year-end goals, we need 36 more brand-new donors, and at least $5,500 in contributions from new and current supporters, before the lock strikes midnight on Saturday.

If you haven't given to the Tucson Sentinel before, now's a great time! If you're already a Watchdog Club member, please give your annual contribution today!

The Sentinel's award-winning, in-depth reporting provides details and context — and your investment in authentically local news could be TRIPLED because of generous matching donations.

Help us bring Tucson even more fearless independent journalism.

Because of the wonderful support from the leaders of the Sentinel's Community Challenge Fund, and matching grant from NewsMatch, all donations through Dec. 31 can be matched 2-1! But please give before the clock strikes midnight.

Subscribe and stretch your donation over time:

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$40/mo. Correspondent
$50/mo. Senior Correspondent
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Or give a secure one-time gift with PayPal or your credit card:

$5,000 Newshound
$2,500 Trusted Source
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$500 Correspondent
$250 Stringer
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$50 Cub reporter
$25 Informed Source
$10 Dear Reader
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Right here, you can become a member of our WATCHDOG CLUB group of supporters — with a variety of donation options — and you'll get:

  • Special members-only email updates
  • Invitations to member coffees and happy hours with Sentinel journalists
  • Advance notice and special tickets for Tucson Sentinel events
  • Invitations to special VIP donor events
  • Tucson Sentinel's mission-driven nonprofit reporting available for everyone to read
  • The knowledge that you're helping the Sentinel report the most accurate news about meaningful events in Southern Arizona

When you donate anytime in December, your gift to support local nonprofit news is eligible to be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by NewsMatch, a national effort to help underwrite news organizations like the Sentinel. PLUS, your gift will be backed by contributions from generous local donors to the Sentinel's Community Challenge Fund!

With this 2-1 match, every dollar you give means another $2 to support local watchdog news. And the $3 your donation becomes can even have the impact of $6, because of Report for America's support for our local journalists who are members of that program.

Tucson Sentinel: Local. Independent. Nonprofit. Nonpartisan. And no paywall, ever.

But, as they say on late-night TV, wait: there's more.

If you sign up to give monthly, NewsMatch and the Community Challenge Fund mean your monthly gift can have 36x the impact over the course of 2023 — the entire annual value of your monthly donation is eligible to be matched. Whether you give a one-time donation, or subscribe as a member of the Watchdog Club with a monthly contribution, donations of up to $1,000 per individual are eligible to be matched.

So if you become a $20 monthly donor, you're helping put $720 into real local reporting in Tucson over the course of a year! If you give $40 per month, you can leverage $1,440 in journalism at the Sentinel over the next year.

Plus, if we meet our goals and sign up another 36 monthly contributors, we'll get a special bonus from NewsMatch (and bring Tucson a whole lot more dogged reporting)!

If you haven't given yet, please do now. If you're already a Watchdog Club member, please tell your friends and family just how important truly local independent news is for our community, and get them signed up, too!

WHY SUPPORT LOCAL NEWS RIGHT NOW?

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. Give your gift today to invest in TucsonSentinel.com's award-winning authentically local news for 2023 & beyond.

Since our founding a decade ago, you've come to rely on 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's with the help of readers like you that the Sentinel's work is repeatedly lauded by state and national organizations — our journalists were just recognized with a stack of top awards from the Arizona Press Club (congrats to our team on their excellent work!), and we were recently inducted into the prestigious Global Investigative Journalism Network — one of the few American local news organizations in the international group. We've also attracted widespread notice for being (as far as we can tell) the very first U.S. local news outlet to set up an in-house newsroom instance on Mastodon, the burgeoning social platform that's taking off as Twitter continues to have troubles.

Our Mission
Tucson Sentinel's independent nonprofit newsroom learns from & informs Southern Arizonans about the community challenges & unique culture of our Borderlands.
Through watchdog reporting, local commentary & expert analysis, the Sentinel inspires residents to be meaningfully engaged with our community, promotes transparency & understanding, seeks solutions that empower, & holds the powerful accountable.

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

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 the Sentinel needs your help with a tremendous opportunity.

Your gift — tripled!

We're excited to share that we have this incredible opportunity to increase the impact of your donation with NewsMatch, a call to action to support nonprofit news organizations around the country, including the Sentinel. NewsMatch has a partner fund has made a special matching grant to selected nonprofit independent news organizations, including the Sentinel — which means your gifts to the Tucson Sentinel through Dec. 31 can be matched!

That effort is backed up by the leaders of our Community Challenge Fund, who've contributed to the Sentinel as part of our year-end campaign, in a challenge to other Tucsonans to meet a goal of at least another $20,000 in local donations before the end of the year.

Those Challenge Fund leaders include: David Burke & Tricia Armstrong, with a contribution of $10,000; David & Joy Schaller, and Newton B. & Sunny Link Ashby, with contributions of $2,500, and Susan Tarrence & Stephen Golden, Marsha & David Irwin, Zack Williams, Chris Hostetter, and Melinda Correll, each giving $1,000. (And we're still accepting donations to this fund!)

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 and our Community Challenge Fund, we could receive thousands of dollars in additional funding through the end of the year, on top of your gifts. That would be an enormous boost for us as what is still a bootstrapped startup nonprofit group.

But, as they used to say on TV, wait — there's more.

Sentinel's IDEA & Culture/Community journalists backed by Report for America — and you

A new fulltime reporter, Bianca Morales, has been covering Cultural Expression and Community Values in Southern Arizona this year, with support from TucsonSentinel.com's readers and the national Report for America program.

The Sentinel was one of just two Arizona news outlets selected for a new local journalism position backed by Report for America from among about 600 applications across the country last year.

The Cultural Expression and Community Values beat being covered by Bianca is bilingual and intersectional, going far beyond a traditional "arts" beat to explore the ties that bind us and the dreams that push us, with hard news and contextual journalism on the deep traditions and creative cross-cultural innovations in local art, performance, music, writing, architecture and public design, theatre, faith and religion, community groups, food and folkways.

In her very first days with the Sentinel, Bianca reported a story — the return of the sacred Maaso Koba, a ceremonial deer head, to the Rio Yaqui people after 100 years in a Swedish museum — that was weeks later picked up by the New York Times, and she's continued to make her mark by helping explain this wonderful weird town we all love to call home.

Bianca joined our other Report for America corps member, IDEA reporter Bennito L. Kelty, who is digging into government accountability and social equity in Southern Arizona, with support from TucsonSentinel.com's readers and the RFA program. He's covering issues of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access while upholding the Sentinel tradition of watchdog journalism, and guiding our bilingual coverage in English and Spanish.

And we've been able to bring them both aboard full time with the backing of Report for America — and help from readers like you!

These reporting positions come at a critical moment, when many local newsrooms are closing or cutting back — leaving a vacuum of trusted, accurate information that is being filled by partisan news sites and online disinformation that threaten our democracy.

RFA pays for a portion of the salary of each member of its reporting corps, with local communities picking up the remainder of the cost. The program carefully vets applicants — both newsrooms and reporters — ensuring that it's backing expanded reporting in places where it is needed most.

While Report for America funds a portion of their salaries, the Sentinel must cover the bulk of their pay and associated reporting expenses with financial contributions from our community. You can become a member of the Watchdog Club, and help fund these reporting positions and the Sentinel's vital independent journalism.

Because of NewsMatch, the Challenge Fund and the backing of Report for America, every dollar you contribute (up to $1,000 per individual donor) can be stretched to cover even more local reporting!

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 (Dylan's one of the founders of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, a national educational nonprofit).

Tax-deductible, too

Because TucsonSentinel.com is a nonprofit news organization, any donation you make is also fully tax-deductible.

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$25 Informed Source
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Want to mail a check instead of donating online? Please make it payable to "Tucson Sentinel" and send to: 1960 N. Painted Hills, Tucson AZ 85745. Thanks!

Fighting fake news with real reporting

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.

TucsonSentinel.com does reporting that no one else is tackling.

We have big plans to expand our reach, deepen our reporting, and increase the impact of authentically local news throughout the next year — but we need your help right now.

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.

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 recent donors like Asia Philbin, Alan Fischer, Dan Stuart, Carmen Prezelski, Mark Stegeman, F. Ann Rodriguez & Byron Howard, Nevea Scheulke, Ted Robbins, Elena Acoba, Mike Piccarreta, Nancy Barber, Mike Chihak, Ginny Beal, Laura Franck, Ann Carroll, David Higuera, Jim Kiser, John Leonardo, Matt Heinz, Beth Borozan, Molly Holzschlag (the Fairy Godmother of the Web!), Kevin Dahl, Rand Carlson, Pernela Jones & Scott Egan, David Yetman, Greg McNamee, Barbara Kelly, Peter Villasecusa, and so many more, and give your gift today! Just use the simple form in the sidebar.

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 just more than a decade ago. There are only about half as many newspaper journalists in this country than a decade ago. Layoffs and shutdowns at chain newspapers and TV stations mean there are many fewer watchdogs looking out for us than a decade ago. Across the country, there are tens of thousands of reporters who've been laid off — many just this year alone. 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.

gratefully,

Dylan Smith & Maria Coxon-Smith

Editor & Publisher / Co-Publisher
TucsonSentinel.com

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P.S.

We don't often get an opportunity like NewsMatch, and our year-end community fundraising is necessary for us to continue our work. 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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