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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.

230% funded?!? Panorama's deadline is here

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We're overwhelmed. Our project to take a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border has attracted attention all over — and while most of our backers have come from Southern Arizona, we have found supporters in the UK, Australia, and all over the United States — even a few great folks at Kickstarter HQ.

But all good things must come to an end. And while the reporting work's only beginning, our Kickstarter drive is drawing to a close. We have just 24 hours left to shoot past 200 backers (which will trigger a $1,000 challenge match).

So, if you haven't yet pledged your backing for "Panorama de la línea," please do so right now, before it's too late.

A CBP truck at the remote San Miguel Gate on the Tohono O'odham Nation, southwest of Tucson. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com
A CBP truck at the remote San Miguel Gate on the Tohono O'odham Nation, southwest of Tucson. Photo by Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com

While we've already more than doubled our conservative base goal, it's important for us to raise as much as possible. 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.

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!

Still working on: Plus, if we have at least 200 INDIVIDUAL BACKERS, THAT ENTHUSIASTIC DONOR WILL KICK IN ANOTHER $1,000 to the total.

If 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.

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 and help put us over the top!

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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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The chapel in the ghost town of Lochiel. Photo by Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.com
The chapel in the ghost town of Lochiel. Photo by Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.com

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.

Spread the word

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 $5.

Click here to share on Facebook and invite people to join 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

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.

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.

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.

Many thanks

Since our last update, we've had so many more people back Panorama, including:

  • Lara Rubio
  • Jeff Ronstadt
  • Anne Hilby
  • Evan Wyloge
  • Magdalena Barajas
  • Laura Hogan
  • Amy McMullen
  • Jimmy Boegle
  • John Leach
  • Debbie Galant
  • Moran Coxon
  • Mary L. Coxon
  • Evan Wyloge
  • Magdalena Barajas
  • Amy McMullen
  • Charles Hedgcock
  • Amy Richman
  • Carla Swartz
  • Brad Poole
  • Steve Berkwitz
  • Molly J. Smith
  • Jennifer Rosa
  • Shannon Myers
  • Hilary Sadoo
  • David Sadoo
  • James Haeg
  • M. Havens
  • Latterly magazine
  • Susan Daley
  • Scott Neilson
  • Celina Ramirez
  • Kari Ramadorai
  • Nick Hanks
  • Erin O'Dell
  • Miriam Davidson
  • Zachary P. Hardy
  • Rebecca Renteria
  • Antonio Borunda
  • Rebekah Zemansky
  • Susan
  • Jennifer Fleming
  • Ellen Kroeker
  • Isabella Rubio
  • Suzanne Johannsen
  • Pam Shack
  • Carleen Franz
  • Anonymous
  • Gabriella and Gracie Herman
  • Anne Newton
  • Gloria Bloomer
  • Jay Bruemmer
  • Travor Heins
  • Stephen Herman and Jillian Taylor-Herman
Intersection of Garcia Morales & Independencia, Naco, Sonora, Mexico. Photo by Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.com
Intersection of Garcia Morales & Independencia, Naco, Sonora, Mexico. Photo by Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.com

What the border really looks like

Getting beyond the bluster of D.C. politicians, we'll paint a vivid and accurate picture of the border. Every dry wash, cliff, mountain peak and broad valley. The people that live there, the border agents who keep watch, and those who are trying to cross the desert.

We'll take you there, but we need your help to cross Saturday's finish line. Donate right now to invest in ambitious journalism about the borderlands.

Thanks so very much to everyone who's backed us, and helped spread the word!

— Dylan Smith, Paul Ingram, Noelle Haro-Gomez, Murphy Woodhouse, Joseph Michael Oland, Samantha Sais, Joshua Pearson, Parker Haeg, Christopher Conover, Maria Coxon-Smith

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