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BECOME AN INVEST IN THE NEW TEXAS OBSERVER Why should you become an Observer Partner? Aside from the benefits you receive when you join, you will help found a new era of journalism and discourse from The Texas Observer and be part of a new progressive dialogue on*. Pick your level Sustainer, Watchdog, Muckraker or Maverick? Give what you can and enjoy the benefits. And we’ll list your name on our Web site as a founding Observer Partner. Here’s what your money means for The Texas Observer: Sustainer $25 $50 $100 Supports The Texas Observer and the future of investigative journalism in Texas. Watchdog $150 $250 $500 $1,000 $150 pays a photographer for a print/web photo spread; $500 purchases new video editing software; $1,000 replaces a writer’s outdated computer. Muckraker $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 $2,500 pays a writer for a feature story; $5,000 pays for telephone/internet service for nine months; $10,000 pays health care for three writers. Maverick $15,000+ Contact us to talk about benefits and named reporting projects and positions. *New online privileges for Observer Partners Starting in January, you’ll be able to: build an individual profile page with a personal blog; network with Texas Observer staff and other Observer Partners; get full access to our archives; participate in our online book club, political discussions, polls and contests; suggest stories and contribute information to ongoing investigations. For more information on Observer Partner levels and benefits, go to , email Julia Austin at [email protected] , or call 800-939-6620. OBSERVER SAVE THE DATE The 2010 Rabble Rouser Roundup This year: a Valentine’s Day bash! February 14th, 2010, in Austin 10 THE TEXAS OBSERVER DECEMBER 11, 2009