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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.

It's TucsonSentinel.com Day. Seriously.

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Update, Thursday:

In recognition of the fifth anniversary since we began full-time publishing, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild proclaimed Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, as TucsonSentinel.com Day.

"There's a very interesting relationship between the press and elected officials, but whatever frustrations there may be from time to time on either side, it is so important to remember that it is a free press, and a vibrant press, and a press with resources, that keeps people properly informed and keeps elected officials on the right track and doing the right thing," Rothschild said during Wednesday night's City Council meeting.

"To have an independent voice in the community who answers really only to his passion and his staff's passion to get news right, it really is important for our community and that's why we're celebrating TucsonSentinel.com," the mayor said.

Not only is it our birthday, but we've had some great birthday presents, and have hit 152 percent of our original goal. But we still need some help. Your support can be doubled or more when we receive our challenge grants.

Thanks to a matching challenge from a generous supporter of the Panorama project, if we hit a stretch target of $8,300, we'll receive an additional $2,000 to add more journalists to our amazing team of reporters and photographers.

Plus, if 200 or more people back Panorama, we'll see a $1,000 addition to our total, thanks to a challenge grant.

That means we need to raise at least another $700, and have another 86 people back us on Kickstarter.  

We hit our initial conservative target of $5,000 and then some! We're at more than 150 percent of our goal. And that's 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've got another 9 days left in our Kickstarter, so we're pushing toward new stretch goals for Panorama de la linea.

We’ve 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.

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.

Matching challenges

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

If we hit $8,300, A GENEROUS DONOR WILL MATCH $2,000 IN CONTRIBUTIONS DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR, bumping our total over $10K — twice our base goal!

Plus, if we have at least 200 INDIVIDUAL BACKERS, THAT ENTHUSIASTIC DONOR WILL KICK 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!

If you haven't already, please back "Panorama" today to ensure that we'll to put this great team of journalists out in the field, taking the photos and reporting the interviews that'll tell the story of the borderlands in a way that's never been done before. If you have pledged your support, please help spread the word: tell your friends and family about the project!

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TucsonSentinel.com Day proclamation

WHEREAS, a robust free press is essential to the exercise of democracy; and 

WHEREAS, quality reporting at both the local and national levels has been challenged by a shrinking number of professional journalists; and 

WHEREAS, strong local independent journalism works to tell the stories of Tucson residents; building a sense of place, and to shine an informative light that allows citizens to make wise decisions; and 

WHEREAS, nonpartisan reporting is a vital mechanism to hold public officials accountable; and 

WHEREAS, the nonprofit news organization TucsonSentinel.com has established a national reputation for delivering solid, hard-hitting local news and is a leader in the vanguard of Local Independent Online News Publishers; and 

WHEREAS, TucsonSentinel.com is entering its fifth year of full-time publishing, in that time posting some 16,000 stories and informing thousands of Southern Arizona readers every day; and 

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the impact that local reporting has on our knowledge of our community and others’ perceptions of Tucson and Southern Arizona; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of the City of Tucson, Arizona, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2015 to be TUCSONSENTINEL.COM DAY in this community, and encourage all our citizens to recognize the importance of local independent media. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Tucson, Arizona to be affixed this 21st day of January, 2015. 

Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor
Roger Randolph, City Clerk

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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 are already a backer, we could still use your help — encourage your friends, family and colleagues to pledge, even if it's just $5.

Click here to share on Facebook and invite people to join you in supporting us.

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Copy this link into an email, and send it to friends and family who will appreciate Panorama: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tucsonsentinel/panorama-de-la-linea-photos-of-the-entire-az-mexic

On behalf of the entire Panorama team, thank you so much!

Dylan Smith
Editor & Publisher, TucsonSentinel.com

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