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Just hours left! An unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them.
An unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them.
An unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them.
215 backers pledged $13,648 to help bring this project to life.

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Providing a sense of place, rather than reinforcing rhetoric, the independent nonprofit TucsonSentinel.com will put you there, on the ground, in the heat of the desert canyons and high on the mountain peaks.

Wow! We've hit more than twice our initial goal, but there are just a few hours left to contribute — the deadline is Saturday night! Read about our stretch goals and matching challenges, below...

We'll do what no one has ever done before: Capture an image from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border. Not only will we show you the sweep of the terrain, we'll build a deep online interface for you to explore, with multiple-image slideshows of pivotal places, video and text interviews with residents, historical descriptions, and more — and we'll geocode everything and place it on an interactive map. Plus, we'll publish a limited-edition high-quality photography book on the project, and you can have a signed copy — and your contribution to the project can even earn you a tax deduction!

We'll also mount a gallery exhibit of the photography, and hold roundtable discussions about our reporting.

For more of a sneak peek at our work, check out our updates.

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This just in: Stretch goals & matching challenges

We've got great news: we hit our conservative target of $5,000 and then some! We're at 250% of our goal, due to a couple of generous challenge matches, and thanks to people just like you, joining together to invest in this important project and the work of TucsonSentinel.com.

THANK YOU!

We're flattered and humbled by how enthused people are about our effort, and how willing they are to invest in us.

We were fully funded in just two weeks, but we have just a few hours left in our Kickstarter, so we're pushing to meet stretch goals for Panorama de la linea.

We also sweetened the pot with expanded rewards for our Kickstarter backers. Increasing our backing will allow us to expand the scope of our project, and the depth of our investigative work, and bring it to even more people.

The more support we have, the more extensive we can make our project. With increased funding, the more reporting trips we can make, the more border residents we can interview, the more photographs we can publish, the more books we can print and more data investigations we can do.

PLEASE PLEDGE TODAY TO HELP US EXPAND THE IMPACT OF OUR PROJECT!

We'll be able to undertake even more reporting trips to remote areas, improve our video equipment, and expand the number of people we interview. When we hit our stretch targets, we'll even have the opportunity to add more journalists to our amazing team of reporters and photographers.

Matching challenges

Here's what we need to do to make that happen:

Done: We've topped $8,300, so A GENEROUS DONOR MATCHED $2,000 IN CONTRIBUTIONS DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR, bumping our total over $10K — twice our base goal!

Done: Plus, We have at least 200 INDIVIDUAL BACKERS, SO THAT ENTHUSIASTIC DONOR KICKED IN ANOTHER $1,000 to the total.

And here's the real kicker — if we really put the crowd in crowd-funding and double that target by raising $23,000 total via this Kickstarter, that would TRIGGER A $35,000 MATCHING GRANT to TucsonSentinel.com from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation!

So pledge today and help put us over the top!

Here’s what we'll do now that we've hit that first $8.3k stretch goal:

  • Exclusive email updates for all backers
  • Expanding our team: photographers, coders, designers
  • Upgrade our equipment: Better video gear
  • Pick your own photos
  • Coffee with Panorama team members
  • You can be an editor for the day

Because our backers helped us hit our $8.3k stretch goal, ALL OF OUR BACKERS will receive EXCLUSIVE EMAIL UPDATES on the progress of the project over the next few months, with behind-the-scenes photos and details on our work as it's happening in the field.

Because we hit this stretch goal, we'll be able to EXPAND OUR TEAM: we'd like to include even more experienced photographers, add a coding and data expert to augment our investigative resources, and our designers will be able to ensure that our work is responsive and looks great in a desktop browser, on a tablet or a cellphone.

For all of our backers, you're contributing to our EQUIPMENT FUND. While our photographers go into the field with thousands of dollars of camera gear — sometimes with tens of thousands in specialized lenses — we need to also upgrade our video equipment, including a full-featured camera, audio gear and editing software. What's that mean for our backers? Even more great video interviews and insight into what's happening on the border, both during the Panorama project and in TucsonSentinel.com's ongoing work.

And here's a great additional perk: because we hit our first stretch goal, everyone who's eligible to receive a print from the project will be able to PICK THEIR OWN PHOTOS. We'll give backers the opportunity to choose which prints they'll receive from a selection of the most striking and meaningful photos from our Panorama.

Since we hit our stretch goal, all of our backers at the $150 and $200 levels can join members of the Panorama team for A CUP OF COFFEE and a personal discussion about the challenges of the project (donors at levels higher than that can join us for an amazing Mexican meal).

Plus, since we hit that target, all of our backers who've pledged $250 or more will be invited to BE AN EDITOR FOR THE DAY!

You can help our editorial team review photographs from Panorama, as we pick which pics make the books, which will be featured in our interactive online interface, and which are included in the archive. We'll eat some great Mexican food, drink coffee and probably sip a few beers as we look at the photos our team has created as they capture at least one photo from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border. Which will the public see? You can help us pick. We'll provide a selection of dates when you can join us in Tucson to have a hands-on role in the project.

We hit the stretch goal of $8,300 (which meant a quick bump to $10,300, thanks to the generous challenge match), and all of our eligible backers will receive the additional rewards. With these stretch goals, we're working to make Panorama even more wide-ranging — with your help, we can do just that.

200 backers

200 or more people have backed Panorama, so we've seen a $1,000 addition to our total, thanks to a challenge from a supporter.

Since we hit that target, we'll make sure that everyone who pledges at the $10 level or above can download the e-book of the project.

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Here's a radio report on the project, from NPR affiliate KJZZ in Phoenix:

For more of a sneak peek at our work, check out our updates.

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Spread the word! 

We're fully funded, but we've got ambitious stretch goals and a very generous set of matching challenges to meet. If you haven't kicked in yet, you still can. Our initial goal was very conservative — now we can expand our project with your help.

If you have already become a backer, we could still use your help — encourage your friends, family and colleagues to pledge, even if it's just $10. 

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What is Panorama?

With the issues of illegal immigration, drug smuggling and border security still topping headlines across the nation, many wonder why the United States doesn't have a more impassable southern boundary.

Even in Southern Arizona, much less in Nebraska or Ohio, people aren't aware of the extreme difficulty of following U.S. Sen. John McCain's suggestion to "just build the dang fence."

While many have seen news photos of the border fence running along a well-maintained road, much of the border between Arizona and Mexico runs through rugged terrain. Stretches cross steep mountains that are untracked and nearly impenetrable.

For some, the border is a matter of life and death. Migrants die lost in the vast desert, far from roads or water. Suspected drug smugglers and Mexican teenagers die, shot by Border Patrol agents. U.S. agents are shot and killed, by "rip crews" and friendly fire in the dark.

A girl holds a signs that reads 'Not one more death' during a protest in the Mexican border city of Nogales, Sonora, marking the one-year anniversary of the the shooting death of 12-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.
A girl holds a signs that reads 'Not one more death' during a protest in the Mexican border city of Nogales, Sonora, marking the one-year anniversary of the the shooting death of 12-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.

For others, the border means business. Customs agents approve truckloads of vegetables moving north. Tourists go south, for lunch and cheap prescription drugs. 

Whether the rocky cliffs of the Baboquivari and Chiricahua mountains, the complexities of the Tohono O'odham Nation's reservation being bisected by the border, environmental restrictions or the objections of private landowners, the physical challenges to constructing a "secure" border barrier are numerous.

Rather than simply describe those difficulties, the "Panorama de la línea" project will show them to you with an unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them.

But to put our reporters in the field, we need your help. Please pledge today — you can receive a signed photograph, a limited-edition hardcover book, or even fly with us along the border!

Jeff Zeidman, a resident of Green Valley, holds up a copy of the Constitution to highlight his point about the failure of the federal government during a town hall with U.S. Sen. John McCain in 2013. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com
Jeff Zeidman, a resident of Green Valley, holds up a copy of the Constitution to highlight his point about the failure of the federal government during a town hall with U.S. Sen. John McCain in 2013. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com

What we'll do

Travel the entire length of the Arizona-Mexico border: taking photographs, interviewing residents and government officials, and providing a deep sense of place while giving context to the border debate.

The "Panorama" will include a deep multimedia interface, combining photographs with interviews, investigative reporting, profiles, and video work.

We'll publish a limited-edition book based on the project, produce a video documentary about it, and mount a gallery show to celebrate the photography and reporting that will result — all with your help. And in return for that investment in our work, you can receive some great rewards.

Who we are

The "Panorama de la línea" project brings together a team of experienced photographers, reporters and editors.

It will be managed by TucsonSentinel.com, a nonprofit online news organization with a growing reputation for being a leader in the local independent news movement.

Part of TucsonSentinel.com's "Panorama de la linea" team, from left: Joshua Pearson, Murphy Woodhouse, Paul Ingram, Maria Coxon-Smith, Dylan Smith and Joseph Oland. Mariana Dale listens in. Photo by Parker Haeg.
Part of TucsonSentinel.com's "Panorama de la linea" team, from left: Joshua Pearson, Murphy Woodhouse, Paul Ingram, Maria Coxon-Smith, Dylan Smith and Joseph Oland. Mariana Dale listens in. Photo by Parker Haeg.

Dylan Smith is the Editor and Publisher of TucsonSentinel.com. Prior to founding the nonprofit news organization in 2009, he was the Online Editor of the Tucson Citizen, until that newspaper was shut down. He also serves as the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION Publishers), organizing a group of publishers of more than 110 local news websites across the country. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, and sits on the board of the Arizona Press Club. An experienced designer and programmer, he serves as an Invited Expert on the World Wide Web Consortium's HTML Working Group, helping to write the latest specification for the language that runs the Internet. 

Paul Ingram is the lead reporter and photojournalist for TucsonSentinel's Cuentos sin Cuentos: Unheard Voices and Untold Stories from the Borderlands project, covering the border and immigration issues. An M.A. candidate with University of Arizona's School of Journalism, he is an alumnus of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and has also been published by Reuters, Arizona Public Media, Truthout, and the Arizona Daily Star. He has produced video pieces for television and web, and his photography has been published in Science Magazine, High Country News, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Noelle Haro-Gomez is a Tucson-based photojournalist who has worked with the Nogales International, Tucson Weekly, Arizona Daily Star, Coachella Valley Independent, Inside Tucson Business and Global Post. She was director of photography for the 2012 Dow Jones News Fund Diversity in Journalism Workshop, and her work has taken her from the Arizona border to Pennsylvania, Cambodia and beyond.

Murphy Woodhouse is a Southern Arizona multimedia journalist who focuses on immigration and daily life in the borderlands. He holds an M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and reports for the Nogales International. His writing and photography have been published by Al Jazeera America, Truthout, the Nation, TucsonSentinel.com, and a number of newspapers. He was short-listed for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2013 for a report on U.S. immigration policies.

Joseph Michael Oland, with a background in fine art photography and photojournalism, has published his research on Iberian architecture with Brill Publishers, and has worked as a photojournalist for SIPA Press and TucsonSentinel.com. He studied photography at the University of Arizona and worked as an archivist for the UA's Center For Creative Photography. He is a digital restoration artist, commercial retoucher, and a freelance photojournalist based in Bisbee, Arizona.

Samantha Sais is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism and a Phoenix-based freelance photographer for the New York Times and Reuters. She has worked for the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Weekly, and was a photographer for the Beyond the Border cross-cultural journalism project with New York University. A 2011 Chips Quinn scholar, Sais has reported from Kenya as well as all along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Joshua Pearson is a software developer by day and a photographer by night. An 18-year resident of Tucson, he came to the Old Pueblo to study physics at the University of Arizona. The natural beauty of the surrounding desert and mountains drove him to pick up a camera. He hasn’t put it down since. The subjects have evolved over time, but the drive to document and to create has only grown. Joshua joined the Tucson Sentinel in 2011.

Parker Haeg has been producing photographs of social issues, spot news and politics for 30 years. He started making images at the contentious Hormel meat packers' strike in Minnesota in the early 1980s and in intervening years has covered the anti-nuclear movement, civil conflicts in Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia and Romania, and Cuba under Fidel Castro. Now based in Arizona, he's spent a decade photographing America's internal struggles with immigration, along with reporting on Arizona's often divisive and always complex political scene. His recent work has appeared in The Guardian, Mother Jones, Le Figaro, and in the documentary film, "The Dream is Now."

Christopher Conover is the senior political reporter for Arizona Public Media, Tucson's NPR and PBS station. He began his news career in 1989 in Miami. Before moving to Tucson a decade ago, he spent 13 years covering the Florida capitol. He was news director of the Florida Public Radio Network. His work has appeared on NPR, the Associated Press, the BBC, and the Canadian Broadcasting System, and been recognized with the Sigma Delta Chi award from the national Society of Professional Journalists, the national Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, three Emmy nominations, and numerous regional awards from the AP and SPJ.

Maria Coxon-Smith is News and Engagement Editor for TucsonSentinel.com, and one of the organization's founders. She is a former high school English and journalism instructor, and also taught International Baccalaureate courses. She attended Kendall College of Art and Design (Grand Rapids, Mich.), earned a B.A. in History at the University of Arizona, and a MAEd from the University of Phoenix.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley hands out communion wafers through the fence that cuts Ambos Nogales in two. The communion was part of a mass, held in the city during a border tour by seven Catholic bishops. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com
Cardinal Sean O'Malley hands out communion wafers through the fence that cuts Ambos Nogales in two. The communion was part of a mass, held in the city during a border tour by seven Catholic bishops. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com
An honor guard stood watch over the boots, rifle and helmet of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry at a 2011 memorial service. Photo by Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.com
An honor guard stood watch over the boots, rifle and helmet of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry at a 2011 memorial service. Photo by Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.com
Undocumented children ride a bus entering the Nogales Border Patrol Station in June 2014, part of a wave of thousands of Central American kids who entered the United States. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com
Undocumented children ride a bus entering the Nogales Border Patrol Station in June 2014, part of a wave of thousands of Central American kids who entered the United States. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com

Unprecedented

Most photographs of the border have a common presentation: a long shot of the border fence, stretching to infinity. A BP agent, watching the line. Perhaps migrants, picking their way through the desert.

Our team will break through the familiar themes, and provide our supporters with a deeper look at the borderlands.

Mapping out the Panorama. Photo by Parker Haeg.
Mapping out the Panorama. Photo by Parker Haeg.

The operating principle: the basis of the project is a photo from every mile of the border; not merely a photo of every mile.

More than a travelogue, more deeply reported than a photo essay, we'll use a string of hundreds of amazing photos to show the complexity of the border. You'll see the deceptive emptiness of the deserts of Western Arizona, the pockets of green hidden in the canyons, and the endless view from the 6,800-foot Kitt Peak.

The public has long been restricted from some areas along the border, such as the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Others have no roads, or even trails. Some stretches we will have to photograph from an airplane, as there's no reasonable way to reach them on the ground.

We will conduct investigative interviews, both along the border and with experts, and present our work in a sophisticated interactive multimedia presentation. Video, mapping, photo slideshows, primary source documents and text will be integrated into our work.

We'll dig deeply into the expense of what's been constructed already, and how effective the Border Patrol's strategy has been, as well as what it would take to actually build a fence the entire stretch of Arizona's southern border.

Haeg, Pearson, Woodhouse and Ingram examine a map during a meeting of the Panorama team. Photo by Dylan Smith
Haeg, Pearson, Woodhouse and Ingram examine a map during a meeting of the Panorama team. Photo by Dylan Smith
Photo by Parker Haeg
Photo by Parker Haeg

Budget

Where will your tax-deductible contribution go?

The hundreds of miles of the border line will require a lot of driving, a lot of gasoline, more than a few nights in gritty motels and dinners at taco trucks. It'll also take some investments in quality GPS gear (to accurately map our photos), renting aircraft, funds for producing books and mounting a gallery show, and modest stipends for the reporting team. And reporting always requires endless gallons of coffee.

Here's a rough breakdown:

  • Aircraft rental: $2,000
  • Gas/food/lodging: $1,500
  • GPS gear: $250
  • Book production: $1,750 - 3,000
  • Gallery production: $1,500 - 2,000
  • Stipends (photogs/reporters/editors/coders): $4,000
  • Reception: $1,500
  • Marketing: $1,000
  • Administration: $500
  • Pesky Kickstarter/Amazon fees: $500

The total amount exceeds the base goal of this Kickstarter, and we'll be working to cover that gap by:

  • attracting pro bono and in-kind support, and underwriting outside this crowdfunding campaign, include a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and support from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. FIJ has already awarded the project a $3,500 grant.
  • raising more than our base goal here on Kickstarter, to make our "Panorama de la linea" effort even bigger and better, with your help! Check out our matching challenges, with a generous supporter willing to match $2,000 in support, dollar-for-dollar, and add another $1,000 if we have 200 or more individual backers!

In addition, your pledge to "Panorama de la línea" will not only support the project, it will help TucsonSentinel.com meet a $35,000 matching grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation! So please pledge today — your tax-deductible donation will have tremendous impact on our work.

Photo by Parker Haeg
Photo by Parker Haeg

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About TucsonSentinel.com

TucsonSentinel.com, founded in 2009, is a nonprofit local independent online news organization that offers unbiased professional reporting and engaging community conversation. 

Entering our fifth year of full-time publishing, TucsonSentinel.com has a growing reputation — both locally and nationally — for providing high-quality, balanced reporting on Southern Arizona. 

The ultimate mission of TucsonSentinel.com is to lead to a more informed community making wiser choices — we believe that a smarter Tucson is a better Tucson. A more immediate goal is to dampen rhetoric and foster a respectful dialogue about local and regional issues through solid, reliable journalism.

We’re local, independent and nonprofit. We care about our community and invest our resources back into robust reporting. We maintain professional news standards and provide even-handed, honest journalism.

TucsonSentinel.com is part of the vanguard of Local Independent Online News Publishers, a member of the prestigious Investigative News Network, and has gained a national reputation for delivering solid, hard-hitting local news. Since our launch, we've posted over 16,000 stories.

Our work has been referenced by everyone from Maddow to Breitbart, including ABC, NBC, Radio Melbourne, Sirius, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, the Guardian, BBC, the New York Times and many more. USA Today, Agence France Presse and others have written about us as a pioneering startup nonprofit news outlet.

Don't just take our word for it — Here's what a few of our readers have told us:

"Our nation would be in much better shape if more media outlets took the time to find the facts and report them as you do." — T.E.

"Everybody in the country is chasing TucsonSentinel.com again." — B.P.

"TucsonSentinel.com has been spot-on this entire time." — J.H.

"High five for your reporting efforts. You've been doing one hell of a job." — J.L.

"You have done a great job covering this story in a respectful and thorough - yes, that's what journalism is supposed to be - manner. Thank you." — J.E.

"Big news, and the Sentinel's there first. (Again.)" — L.K.

"@TucsonSentinel is the only truly independent news source in Southern AZ for news." — T.T.

"Extremely tough but fair and well-done; another first-class piece of journalism." — PC

"Thank you Tucson Sentinel - you have done the best job on this story. I now know what news source to trust the most in Tucson. " — D.G.

"The Sentinel wins another local reporting contest. Though they didn’t get the story out first, the Sentinel's piece was far more informative, detailed, and lucid then that of its competitors." - B.L.

"Gotta give credit, Dylan Smith at the Tucson Sentinel provides the best political coverage in town .... All the publications have talent, but by far the editorial decisions nod goes to Dylan, and it ain't close." — T.H.

"Tucson Sentinel, I love and deeply respect your coverage of the real news in our good Old Pueblo. Tucson rocks and so do you. Your reporting of Gabby's progress gets a tear from me nearly every post. Your journalism has heart, courage and lots and lots of love for our beautiful city." — B.V.

"I want you to continue and thrive. I'm telling everyone I know about TucsonSentinel.com." — J.O.

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Local indie online news

Why is your support so important? TucsonSentinel.com is a bootstrapped startup, part of a nationwide movement that's returning local news to its roots while leveraging new technology to effectively and efficiently create informed communities.

Our editors are among the founders of LION: Local Independent Online News Publishers, a national network representing local indie online news websites, who are successfully creating the future of reporting: locally owned and operated news outlets that directly serve their communities. Sentinel Editor and Publisher Dylan Smith is the founding Chairman of the Board of LION Publishers.

At TucsonSentinel.com, we believe strongly in local independent online news.

We're LOCAL: News about Tucson should be reported by journalists who know Southern Arizona. National and chain-owned news groups don't have the background to put our local news into context. Our reporters and editors are here, our nonprofit 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.

We're INDEPENDENT: Too much of what gets called "journalism" is motivated by political viewpoints. At TucsonSentinel.com, we're nonpartisan: our only agenda is the truth. In doing the hard work to give you independent news without the spin, we dedicate ourselves to solid reporting that tells you like it is. We're not part of a national chain of cookie-cutter outlets, with news decisions dictated from some shiny HQ in another state. Our reporting reflects what Tucsonans want and need to know. And rather than padding the profits of an out-of-town corporation, all of our revenues are invested in our growing news organization.

We're ONLINE: TucsonSentinel.com leverages the power of the Internet to bring you breaking news as it happens, and in-depth investigative reports on important issues. We innovate in our work, and host a respectful online community conversation on the issues.

We're NEWS: You can find photo galleries of cheerleaders all over the Internet. Whether it's bringing you the news before its history, providing long-form reporting or working with our national investigative journalism partners, we deliver insightful reporting that's relevant to readers in Southern Arizona, and allows the rest of the world to see the borderlands through the eyes of those who live here.

Photo by Parker Haeg
Photo by Parker Haeg
Photo by Parker Haeg
Photo by Parker Haeg


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Risks and challenges

From flat tires to uncooperative Border Patrol agents (not to mention drug smugglers and coyotes on both two legs and four), reporting on the border in remote areas can be risky.

Temperatures that will range from over 100 degrees to below freezing during the course of the project, flying in light aircraft over steep peaks and deep canyons, trekking across flat plains far from paved roads — the Sonoran Desert that straddles the Arizona-Mexico line is both beautiful and forbidding.

This project poses very few risks to our supporters. For five years, we at TucsonSentinel.com have proven ourselves with high quality reporting with impact. Your support of this project will help us tackle what hasn't been done before: capturing a full picture of the Arizona-Mexico border.

Our team is experienced. We know the terrain, know the multitude of government agencies needed for permission to access certain areas, and can take the heat. While a project of the depth and breadth of "Panorama de la línea" hasn't been done before, our reporters and photographers know the territory.

Once the photos are taken, the interviews taped and stories reported, there comes the editing. The project will require sorting through what are likely to be tens of thousands of images, to find those that convey the truth about life along the border.

The production of physical books will take time and care, as we wish to present the work of our team in the most attractive and memorable manner possible. We'll be printing both soft-cover and hardbound books, in addition to our rich multmedia interface, video documentary and interviews, and text reporting.

While the $5,000 base amount from this Kickstarter will enable us to accomplish our basic goals, we'll use other funding — we're already fortunate enough to have exceed our goal and we're pushing ahead here on Kickstarter, and from other funding sources, such as grants and pro bono donations, including support from EEJF and FIJ — to extend our abilities. Greater funding will allow even more reporting trips, more aerial photography of inaccessible areas, more books printed, and a greater ability to spread the word about our work. It will also allow us to add to the very modest stipends the journalists involved will receive for contributing their expertise.

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    A selected signed 8x10 print of a photograph from the project, suitable for framing. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea," and a copy of the e-book including photographs and stories from the project. • Plus, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com and on our Facebook page, as well as included in the credits for the project online and in print. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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    A signed copy of the limited-edition paperback book, autographed by the reporting team, including color and b/w, photographs and stories from the project. • A selected signed 8x10 print of a photograph from the project. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea." • Of course, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com and on our Facebook page, as well as ncluded in the credits for the project online and in print, and in a video of the project. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Two selected signed 8x10 prints of photographs from the project. • Plus, a signed copy of the limited-edition paperback book, autographed by the reporting team, including color and b/w photographs and stories from the project. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea." • Of course, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com and on our Facebook page, as well as included in the credits for the project online and in print, and in a video of the project. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    A signed copy of the deluxe numbered limited-edition hardcover book, autographed by the reporting team, including color and b/w photographs and stories from the project. • Two selected signed 8x10 prints of photographs from the project. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea." • Plus, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com, on our Facebook page and in our Twitter feed, as well as included in the credits for the project online and in print, and in a video of the project. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    We'll treat you to dinner with the "Panorama" team at one of the world's finest Mexican restaurants, in Tucson, Ariz. (Sorry, we won't fly you here.) • Two selected signed 8x10 prints of photographs from the project. • A signed copy of the deluxe limited-edition hardcover book, autographed by the reporting team, including photographs and stories from the project. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea." • Plus, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com, on our Facebook page and in our Twitter feed, as well as included in the credits for the project online and in print, and in a video of the project. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    We'll treat you to dinner with the "Panorama" team of contributors at one of the world's finest Mexican restaurants, in Tucson, Ariz. (Sorry, we won't fly you here. Donors must pay for transportation to and from Tucson.) • 4 signed selected 8x10 prints from the project. • A signed copy of the deluxe limited-edition hardcover book, autographed by the reporting team, including photographs and stories from the project. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea." • Plus, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com and social media, as well as included in the credits for the project online and in print, and in a video of the project. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Recognition as one of the Presenting Sponsors of the reception celebrating the project. • Fly along on an aerial tour of a stretch of the border with TucsonSentinel.com and members of the team. • Dinner with us at one of the world's finest Mexican restaurants, in Tucson, Ariz. (Sorry, we'll fly you from Tucson and along the border, but we won't fly you here, or back home.) • Your choice of 4 signed selected 8x10 prints from the project. • A signed copy of the deluxe limited-edition hardcover book, autographed by the reporting team, including photographs and stories from the project. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea." • Plus, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com and social media, as well as included in the credits for the project online and in print, and in a video of the project. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Recognition as one of the Presenting Sponsors of the reception celebrating the project, and as a Major Underwriter of the entire project. • Fly along on an aerial tour of a stretch of the border with TucsonSentinel.com and members of the team. • Dinner with us at one of the world's finest Mexican restaurants, in Tucson, Ariz. (sorry, we'll fly you from Tucson and along the border, but we won't fly you here, or back home.) • Your choice of 6 signed selected 8x10 prints from the project. • A signed copy of the deluxe limited-edition hardcover book, autographed by the reporting team, including photographs and stories from the project. • An invitation to a special reception celebrating "Panorama de la linea." • Plus, your name will be included in our roster of project supporters. You'll be listed in a "Thank You" post on TucsonSentinel.com and social media, as well as included in the credits for the project online and in print, and in a video of the project. And all donations to TucsonSentinel.com are tax-deductible!

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Funding period

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