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Ask a Mexican: Why Can't Gabachos Pronounce Spanish Words Properly?

Ask a Mexican: Why Can't Gabachos Pronounce Spanish Words Properly?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why is it that so many gringos/gabachos constantly slaughter Spanish words? Spanish is easy to pronounce (and spell) compared to English. The vowels are always pronounced the same way. In English, vowels vary a lot—which is difficult for new learners. All of the other letters of the al...

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The Potted Desert Garden: The Fifth Week Is Here Again

The Potted Desert Garden: The Fifth Week Is Here Again

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

We find ourselves with a fifth Tuesday this month. That means there’s time to reflect on … the heat? No, we’re all tired of that subject.

Instead, I will tell you about some of the changes I have recently made in my life—and share with you my new minimal garden. Since 1996, my partner and I had lived...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 24, 2014!

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's extra-fresh comics page: Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World makes its Independent debut with some breaking news; Jen Sorenson calls on the border goon squad; The K Chronicles marks the birth of the second boy; and Red Meat discusses the dangers of giraffes.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Stand Up to the Corrupt Mexican Government?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexicans Stand Up to the Corrupt Mexican Government?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I’ll be returning to my country or Kuala Lumpur.

Since I’ve been in this country, I’ve noticed there’s a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I’ve talked to Mexicans, and they all say they’re proud to be Mexic...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Keep Cool With a Potted Garden in White

The Potted Desert Garden: Keep Cool With a Potted Garden in White

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

We have been talking about cactus and succulents for our Palm Springs desert pots this month. With the temps this week projected to hit 115 degrees, we can imagine calmer times by planning a garden in white.

White is a cool color. When paired with other muted colors like blue or gray, white plants ca...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 17, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 17, 2014!

Thursday, July 17, 2014  |  Administrator

On this week's forward-thinking Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines labor at Krap-Mart; The K Chronicles looks at Germany's World Cup win; and Red Meat goes into the future with Genetically Modified Soy Beverage Distribution Man Dan.

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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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