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At AZCIR, we value each subscriber and thank you for your interest in our work. A few words about who we are, what we do and how we’re different from most other media organizations…

First, we’re a nonpartisan, data-driven news organization. That can be a mouthful, we know. Here’s what it means:

1. We don’t advocate for any political party, platform or person. We’re not telling you what to think about any issue — whether it’s local government, education, health, or the environment. Instead, we’re here simply to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions.

2. We’re data nerds, and we pride ourselves on our data work. We’re the only journalism organization in Arizona focused on taking huge amounts of data — whether it’s from local, state, federal or private sources — and crunching the numbers to find underlying trends, spot weaknesses or identify solutions. We create interactive maps for you to explore our stories and build searchable databases.

Second, we are the only nonprofit investigative newsroom in Arizona, and we are dedicated to independent reporting that holds those in power to account. AZCIR’s mission is to make Arizona a better place by producing, fostering and promoting investigative journalism through original and collaborative reporting, public events and trainings.

Third, we know we’re not perfect, and we’re always trying to do better. We value your feedback, whether it’s through an email, a phone call or a comment on our Facebook page. Our reporters are good people and they love it when readers reach out to them to compliment, critique or expand on their stories. If you see something, say something.

Finally, the overwhelming majority of our annual budget comes from foundations and major philanthropists. They like to see our membership base grow in both numbers and hopefully donations. So, if you like what you read, please consider donating in any amount — even if it’s five bucks. It means a lot.

We could go on, but that’s enough for now. If you want to learn more about us, take some time on our “about” page. And make sure to follow our organization and our reporters on Twitter and Facebook. We don’t post 100 stories a day, so we won’t flood your social media.

Again, welcome. It’s great that you are here.

Sincerely,

The entire AZCIR team