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The Arizona Daily Star is on Instagram! And exciting things are brewing over there.

Here are 8 reasons why you should follow us.

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We won't say exclusivity, but...

We share photos that might not be seen in print, on our website or on our other social media platforms.

We often run interesting photos in print, but those photos might not always have a story attached to them — so they might not make it to our website or on Facebook. But you might catch them on Instagram.

Like this heartwarming one, for example:

We dig through our archives — a lot

If you’re an avid user, you’re familiar with our historical galleries. But we have even more photos in our archives that sometimes don’t make it into those galleries.

On Instagram, we post #ThrowbackThursday photos every Thursday. Sometimes it’s a throwback to a relevant event in Tucson. Sometimes the throwbacks are completely random.

Even if you haven’t been in Tucson long, you’ll be amazed at what the city used to look like!

We post a variety of photos

Beyond historical photos, you’ll find photos attached to relevant news stories, feature stories, and sometimes — just your good ol’ cactus photo. Or maybe a sunset. Maybe some wildflowers?

Ever wondered what an event is like but can't make it there? We can show you

Can't make it? Want to see what it's like before you go? We post live event coverage in Instagram’s Stories feature.

We've covered things like Cirque du Soleil, Tucson Meet Yourself, the gem show, Reid Park Zoo's Asian Lantern Festival and SAACA’s Margarita Championship. What should we cover next? 

We do weekly news roundups

We get it — sometimes you just want to relax over the weekend. So, every Monday morning, we use the Stories feature to post links and summaries of articles you may have missed over the weekend. That way, you won’t have to dig to catch up on the weekend news.

Sometimes we do a mid-week news roundup too, in addition to other breaking news that might happen.

We love interacting with you!

We post fun throwback quizzes — we’ll post a throwback photo of a popular street and have you guess where the photo was taken — sometimes we do polls and other Q&A's. We just like to talk with you!

We want to hear your ideas, see your photography skills and chat about what’s important to you.

And if you ever have any questions for us, we're more than happy to help.

(This isn't limited to just Instagram. Ask us questions on Facebook and Twitter, or just give us a ring!)

It's another way to read our stories

Maybe you're a visual person and would rather get your news through photos. Instagram is a good place for that.

But even if you prefer reading our stories, instead of just looking at pretty photos (which we think is always an added bonus), we do that too! We try our best to include very informational captions to photos.

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A small desk stands out in a class of third graders. The child who used to sit there left for the United States with his father. In another class, four girls work together to fix their costume for the school’s carnival. The rest of their ninth-grade class has dropped out — some to go to the U.S., others because their families couldn’t afford school any longer. Since October 2016, more than 720,000 unaccompanied minors and parents traveling with children have turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico line. An additional 110,000 have gone to ports of entry to seek refuge. About 40% are from #Guatemala. In fiscal 2018 nearly 20% of migrants from all countries claimed to a border officer they feared returning to their home country. For families in Bulej and Yalambojoch — near Guatemala’s border with #Mexico — leaving for the U.S. is seen as a last choice, propelled by a cycle of debt that fuels more migration. And while it’s too soon to predict the long-term impact of family migration, some villages are losing their future as the younger generation heads north. Many of those who stay behind face a heavier workload — they need to care for siblings and tend house while their mothers work. Every week, residents estimate, at least 10 parents, each with a child or two, leave the small villages. And the numbers keep rising. In March alone, agents made a total of 92,600 apprehensions — the highest in a decade. In Yalambojoch, not even the death of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, who died in #Border Patrol custody on Christmas Eve, deters others from following. In the end, the stories of those who make it and the need to leave are more powerful. As some in the villages say, children have become their passports to the American Dream. See the link in our bio for the full story. 📸: Simone Dalmasso

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We're constantly trying new things...

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