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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 23, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Oct. 23, 2014!

Thursday, October 23, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's delicious Independent comics page: Red Meat enjoys some food at camp; Jen Sorenson suggests changing the phrase "climate change" to "globola"; The K Chronicles joins a white riot; and This Modern World enters the Right-Wing House of Fear.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet a Small Group of Writers Who Gather Regularly to Hone Their Craft

Know Your Neighbors: Meet a Small Group of Writers Who Gather Regularly to Hone Their Craft

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

The members of the “You Don’t Have to be Hemingway Writers’ Group” gathered in the clubhouse at Las Serenas, a Palm Desert apartment complex for seniors, to showcase their talents and share the results of their weekly efforts.

The event was announced as the “first annual writers’ recital.” Seven wome...

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Ask a Mexican: What Do Mexicans in the U.S. Think About Violence in Mexico?

Ask a Mexican: What Do Mexicans in the U.S. Think About Violence in Mexico?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: What do Mexicans in the United States think of the violent drug-cartel problem in Mexico? Do local Latinos cringe with disgust or fear when they hear another drug-cartel story on the news … or do they feel a sense of disconnect, because they are living in America now, and it’s no longe...

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The Potted Desert Garden: These Trees Love the Shade

The Potted Desert Garden: These Trees Love the Shade

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

When it comes to dressing up your patio with furnishings, a barbecue or plants, it is a good idea to pay attention to how the sun moves.

In the above picture, the patio is facing south. This means that in the summer, much of the patio will be in the shade—a good thing. In the winter, as the sun moves...

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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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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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