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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 16, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 16, 2014!

Thursday, October 16, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's mind-challenging  Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the thoughts of the counter-intuitivist; Jen Sorenson examines the job market in the America of the future; The K Chronicles wonders what in the world is going on in Seattle; and Red Meat has some winter fun.

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Ask a Mexican: Getting to the Bottom of a Famous Tijuana Myth (Warning: NSFW)

Ask a Mexican: Getting to the Bottom of a Famous Tijuana Myth (Warning: NSFW)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Editor’s Note: This week’s edition of ¡Ask a Mexican! features an incredibly well-researched answer to a question about a famous claim involving shows in Tijuana, women and a certain animal. Viewer discretion is advised, and you probably should avoid reading this at work, unless your employer is rea...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Creating Variety With Potted Trees

The Potted Desert Garden: Creating Variety With Potted Trees

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Desert-dwellers often wonder which trees they can plant in pots in the sun. Last week, I gave you a list of many varieties , and today, I want to share with you three of my favorites—which provide three distinct additions to the sunny areas of your desert landscape.

Citrus trees , such as the Mexican li...

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Community Voices: A Doubter's Approach to the Plastic-Bag Ban

Community Voices: A Doubter's Approach to the Plastic-Bag Ban

Friday, October 10, 2014  |  David Feela

The brown paper bag I carried out of the bookstore wasn’t there for the sake of discretion. Truth be told, the bookstore refuses to handle plastic anymore.

Ideally, the clerk told me, the store was on the verge of going entirely bagless, so I was lucky to be handed a brown paper sack. But it was rain...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 9, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 9, 2014!

Thursday, October 09, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's patriotic Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the GOP war against early voting; The K Chronicles remembers a racist; This Modern World ponders modern-day war support; and Red Meat gives birth.

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Know Your Neighbors: A Tale of Two Republican Candidates in Senate District 28

Know Your Neighbors: A Tale of Two Republican Candidates in Senate District 28

Wednesday, October 08, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

I take elections seriously. I read the election booklet, prefer to go into the polling booth on Election Day, and have not yet gotten so cynical that I think it doesn’t matter.

I’ve voted in every election since I was able to register to vote at 21. (The legal age, thankfully, is now 18.) I think of ...

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Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:46

Youngun's: The Future of Journalism

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I spent a good chunk of last Friday at the University of Arizona School of Journalism's fall-semester internship fair.

I originally signed up for eight 20-minute interview slots on behalf of the paper I currently edit, the Tucson Weekly. However, Lisa Button, the school's fabulous internship coordinator, emailed me a couple of weeks before the fair to let me know that all eight of those slots were full, and that the waitlist was getting rather long.

I agreed to add four more slots. With the addition of two walk-ins, I wound up doing brief interviews with 14 students over about four hours.

Some observations:

• The future of journalism is bright, at least as far as the newbies are concerned. This was an impressive, talented, motivated group.

• The future of journalism is female. Over the years, an increasing female skew has hit the UA Journalism School, as well as other j-schools around the country. Of the 14 kids I talked to, 12 are female. All four of our current interns are women, too.

• The future of journalism is multi-talented. Journalists these days can't just focus on writing or taking pictures. They have to be able to do both. And do video. And be Internet-savvy. And be proficient in other media, too.

• I have no idea where all of these kids are going to get jobs. A third of all newspaper jobs vanished between 2000 and 2010, and even more have gone away since 2010.

However, I am honored that so many young, talented students are interested in alternative newsweeklies. That's a sign that the future for this industry has some bright spots after all.

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