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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 22, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 22, 2016!

Thursday, September 22, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's wetter-than-usual weekly Independent comics page: Red Meat wants meatloaf to get in the mood; Jen Sorenson eavesdrops on some thankful women; The K Chronicles talks race and crime; and This Modern World is appalled about Hillary's pneumonia.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Publicist, Philanthropist and Amateur Fencer Janet Newcomb

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Publicist, Philanthropist and Amateur Fencer Janet Newcomb

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Whenever I mention Janet Newcomb to anyone who has met her, one word always comes up: “Nice.”

Newcomb believes she’s considered “nice” because she grew up with traditional Midwestern values.

“I don’t even really think about it,” Newcomb says. “It’s so embedded in me: ‘Be a lady.’ ‘Say thank you.’ ‘Rem...

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Ask a Mexican: Is 'Pinche' Considered a Bad Word Among Mexicans?

Ask a Mexican: Is 'Pinche' Considered a Bad Word Among Mexicans?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Is pinche considered a “bad” word among Mexican Americans? Or is it like güey , where it’s generally all right?

Mandilón in Manhattan

Dear Pussy-Whipped Pocho: Don’t forget that among Mexican Americans, #fucktrump is considered appropriate for children 5 and over. But among Mexican Mexicans, pi...

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Community Voices: The Park Service's Messy Centennial Year Has Also Had Some Bright Spots

Community Voices: The Park Service's Messy Centennial Year Has Also Had Some Bright Spots

Thursday, September 15, 2016  |  Paul Larmer

For most of us, birthdays are happy occasions, when friends and family pay fond attention, lavishing us with gifts to prove that we are loved and valued. For one day, our foibles are accepted with a smile—or at least diplomatically ignored.

The National Park Service’s 100th birthday this August has b...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 15, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 15, 2016!

Thursday, September 15, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's high-fiber weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World listens in as The Donald gets advice from Putin; Jen Sorenson uncovers yet another Hillary Clinton "Scandal"; The K Chronicles tells the tale of two North Carolinas; and Red Meat deals with an inaccurate milk delivery.

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Ask a Mexican: What Is the Origin of the Term 'Greaser'?

Ask a Mexican: What Is the Origin of the Term 'Greaser'?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I heard you on NPR describing the various ways that Mexican food images are used to scare white people about the brown hordes from the South coming up here to steal their stuff and take away their ketchup.

You used the phrase “greaser” as an example of a culinary-related insult. But I t...

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26 Oct 2012

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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