Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, a portion of it. TucsonSentinel.com is a nonprofit, and whatever you contribute above the fair market value of the goods and services you receive is a nice tax write-off for you.
TucsonSentinel.com is owned by Black Mountain Media Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation. We operate under the fiscal sponsorship of the Investigative News Network, a registered 501c3 charity. (To get technical, their EIN is 27-2614911: http://investigativenewsnetwork.org/about/legal)Last updated:
While we can achieve our base goal with the combination of meeting the Kickstarter target and other funding we've already raised (including a $3,500 grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation), we're working to make this project have the broadest impact. The more money we raise, the more we can put into marketing, for instance, so it will have more reach and impact.
While reporters are used to working for not very much money at all, they shouldn't have to trudge through the desert for free. The more we raise, the more we'll be able to pay them for their hard work and expert input.Last updated:
TucsonSentinel.com, founded in 2009, is a nonprofit local independent online news organization that offers unbiased professional reporting and engaging community conversation.
Coming up on 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.
A smarter Tucson is a better Tucson: The ultimate mission of TucsonSentinel.com is to lead to a more informed community making wiser choices. A more immediate goal is to dampen rhetoric and foster a respectful dialogue about local and regional issues through solid, reliable journalism.
Our team for "Panorama de la linea" includes:
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, the New York Times and many more. USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2013/08/20/small-independent-hyperlocal-news-websites/2676515/), 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.
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"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
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"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.
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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.Last updated:
Who is Will Seberger?
The Panorama team is dedicating their work to the memory of Will Seberger, a brilliant Tucson photojournalist who was to have been one of the driving forces behind this project.
Will died in late August at age 33, and we miss him terribly:
He was a a freelance reporter who had worked for, among others, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Mother Jones, the Center for Investigative Reporting, El Universal, High Country News, Arizona Public Media, the Arizona Daily Star, and TucsonSentinel.com.
His lanky frame was omnipresent wherever there was news in Arizona, as he sometimes completed assignments in Nogales and Flagstaff on the same day. Although he had a special talent with a camera, Will — who called himself a "visual journalist" — also did written work and had a special knack for interviewing people.
Will's photos could capture a moment of quiet contemplation amid the chaos of a rodeo, and even find a fleeting dynamic angle as yet another politician stepped up to yet another lectern — no matter whether it was the U.S. president or a hapless legislative candidate. Rich or poor, powerful or striving for a better life, each person he photographed was given dignity and respect.
A University of Arizona journalism graduate, Will grew up near Chicago and could often be found surreptitiously watching a Black Hawks game on his phone while covering a long school board meeting.
Although he was the undisputed champion when reporters traded cynical remarks, no one was ever more enthusiastic about tackling a challenging story, large or small.
In his too-brief career, he helped show the world how Tucson sees itself. In images from his work for ZUMA Press and the McClatchy-Tribune wire services picked up by numerous national and international news outlets, Will's work gave depth to reporting on the border, drug smuggling, and Arizona's political scene. If the mass media noticed something happening in Southern Arizona, there's a pretty good chance one of his pictures would be part of the story.
His work wasn't exclusively local. Covering the Lost Boys took him from Tucson to South Sudan in 2009 as that nation prepared for the elections that would lead to its independence. He was named an honorary member of the Dinka tribe after helping save the life of a badly burned toddler there.
Other reporting trips found him delving into the lives of coffee-growers in Chiapas, Mexico, riding Border Patrol helicopters along the U.S.-Mexico line, and following wildland firefighters as they battled some of the largest fires in Arizona history, and spending a day shadowing presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
Will is survived by his wife, Andrea Kelly, his parents Linda and Donald Seberger of Libertyville, Ill., and his brother John Seberger of Long Beach, Calif.
Rest in peace, brother.Last updated:
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