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A Note From the Editor: It's Time to Vote in the Best of Coachella Valley!

A Note From the Editor: It's Time to Vote in the Best of Coachella Valley!

Friday, August 29, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

Voting in the Coachella Valley Independent ’s Best of Coachella Valley has begun! Find the ballot here, including rules, dates and a complete list of categories .

I am intimately familiar with “Best Ofs”; I ran them or helped run them in newspapers in Reno, Las Vegas and Tucson before I moved here to lau...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 28, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 28, 2014!

Thursday, August 28, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's authoritative Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wonders what would happen if the police treated bankers like black people; The K Chronicles discusses a child's summer vacation; This Modern World examines media responses to the unrest in Ferguson; and Red Meat enjoys a lovely evening...

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Know Your Neighbors: I've Learned the Hard Way—What You Resist Persists

Know Your Neighbors: I've Learned the Hard Way—What You Resist Persists

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

I’m having a problem with some of our neighbors. Unfortunately, it’s just that— my problem.

Social Rule System Theory , a field of sociological study, analyzes how human social activity is organized and regulated. These often informal rules include language, customs and codes of conduct. The theory hold...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Asian Students Do Better Than Mexican Students?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Asian Students Do Better Than Mexican Students?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I see lots of Mexican Americans struggling in grade school and high school. Many Mexican-American activists claim it’s because the students don’t speak English at home, or the schools don’t teach them well. But I see lots of Asian Americans in the same schools who do really well. Many ...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Enjoy Plants With Attitude!

The Potted Desert Garden: Enjoy Plants With Attitude!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

I really like planting yuccas in our desert container gardens. Most are frost-hardy, easy-care and low-water, and they’re great architectural specimens.

Among yucca plants, the variegated Spanish dagger is definitely one of my favorites.

The green Spanish dagger is common to nurseries and big-box stor...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 21, 2014!

Thursday, August 21, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's excessive Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the militarization of police forces; Jen Sorenson similarly ponders excessive force; The K Chronicles bemoans the fact that the comic is again focusing on police brutality; and Red Meat eschews issues of force by taking some ...

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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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