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TheDGT.org Presents the Founders of Tucson Agenda, a New Media Newsroom, on Sept. 11th at Noon

September 11 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST


TheDGT.org will host distinguished journalists Hank Stephenson, Caitlin Schmidt, and Curt Prendergast who have created the Tucson Agenda, a daily Substack newsletter for the Tucson region. Having previously found success with the Arizona Agenda, which covers Arizona state politics and policy, the team seeks to fill the local reporting gap in our cities, towns, and rural areas left by the hollowing out of local print newspapers and their newsrooms. They decided to start this new experiment in Tucson.

Join us for a lively conversation about the state of the news industry, the team’s plans for Tucson Agenda and Arizona Agenda, and all things political in Arizona and Tucson. Due to the panel format, this event could last longer than the scheduled hour.

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Hank Stephenson has written about Arizona for national outlets like The New York Times, Politico Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review. But he’s a community reporter at heart. He cut his teeth in politics writing for countless small papers across Arizona, including the Tucson Weekly, Nogales International, Arizona Capitol Times, The Arizona Daily Star and the Yellow Sheet Report. He enjoys political gossip, public records… and comeuppances. 



In her more than decade working in local journalism, Caitlin Schmidt has covered everything from public safety and local government, to sports, courts, health and solutions. She’s a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Sledgehammer Award for her fights to obtain public records to expose government misdeeds. But she also loves writing about government or nonprofit programs that actually work. Caitlin was named 2019 Arizona Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association for her ongoing coverage of gender-based violence in the University of Arizona athletics department, and has also won awards from the Arizona Newspaper Association, First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and Best of the West.



Curt Prendergast worked at the Arizona Daily Star for eight years, most recently as the Star’s opinion editor, until he was laid off in late April. Before that, he worked at the Nogales International. He’s fluent in Spanish and has covered the Arizona-Mexico border, federal court, local politics and a variety of other beats. He won numerous awards from the Arizona Press Club and the Arizona Newspapers Association, including community journalist of the year in 2014, best news story in 2021 for reporting on the border wall built under the Trump administration, and best series in 2022 for reporting on the crisis of migrants dying in the desert.



September 11
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST
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