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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 4, 2016!

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's highly desirable Independent comics page: This Modern World talks to some political commentators; Jen Sorenson chats with a union member who supports Trump; The K Chronicles discusses some stuff he didn't get at first; and Red Meat finds Milkman Dan being a bully.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Gay Mexicans Go Back Into the Closet When They Return to Mexico?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Gay Mexicans Go Back Into the Closet When They Return to Mexico?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I enjoyed reading the letter about lip liner some years back from the lovely Mexican lesbian.

I have met several guys from Mexico who came to the U.S. so they could come out of the closet. Nothing warms my middle-age gay heart more than when a nice Mexican young man says, “Hola, papi!” Ho...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Don't Settle for Just Cactus—Invite a Fairy Into Your Garden

The Potted Desert Garden: Don't Settle for Just Cactus—Invite a Fairy Into Your Garden

Tuesday, February 02, 2016  |  Marylee Pangman

The heat of the Coachella Valley will always hold its gardening challenges—but we’re not alone. Gardeners the world over are inspired to bend the rules and try to navigate uncharted waters, no matter where they live.

We have much more control over the environment around our desert homes when we garde...

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A Note From the Editor: It's a Month Full of Arts!

A Note From the Editor: It's a Month Full of Arts!

Monday, February 01, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

We’ve reached that time of year when it seems like there’s a big-deal event happening almost every weekend—a time of year which feverishly continues until the Stagecoach music festival closes out “season” in late April/early May.

Two of February’s biggest local events revolve around art: Modernism We...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 28, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 28, 2016!

Thursday, January 28, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's tantalyzing Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wonders what would have happened in Flint had it been a rich city; The K Chronicles finds similarities in racism and littering; This Modern World examines phenomena found in presidential primaries; and Red Meat gets ready to settle an ar...

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Know Your Neighbors: On the Anniversary of 'Roe v. Wade,' Remember That Many Women Still Don't Have Access to Safe Abortion

Know Your Neighbors: On the Anniversary of 'Roe v. Wade,' Remember That Many Women Still Don't Have Access to Safe Abortion

Wednesday, January 27, 2016  |  Administrator

It’s difficult to find the right word to describe coming together to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade becoming the law of the land.

Celebrate? That doesn’t feel right, because even pro-choice individuals don’t think abortion should be “celebrated.” Commemorate? Yes, we do remember and memorialize th...

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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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