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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 23, 2015!

Thursday, April 23, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's moving Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wishes she could use her bike more; The K Chronicles wonders if some right-wing converts are for real; This Modern World enjoys the presidential-primary process; and Red Meat gets a special message from God.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

One category of gun deaths goes beyond even National Rifle Association-inspired “no restrictions on guns” inanity: when small children get guns and accidentally shoot someone.

It happens far too often:

  • Elmo, Mo.: A 5-year-old found his grandpa’s loaded gun and killed his 9-month-old baby brother with ...

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Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Men Have Thicker Hair Than White Men?

Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Men Have Thicker Hair Than White Men?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexican men have thicker hair than Caucasian men? Is it because it runs in the genes? (I am only asking about hair on the head, not body hair.)

Frankie

Dear Gabacho: It’s ALWAYS about the genes for Mexicans, whether it’s our love of tortillas and tamales (indigenous ancestors), be...

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The Potted Desert Garden: It's Hard to be Blue in the Summer—but You Can Stay in the Pink

The Potted Desert Garden: It's Hard to be Blue in the Summer—but You Can Stay in the Pink

Tuesday, April 21, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

Check out the repetition of color in the picture above of an early summer annual planting in a desert container garden. The red celosia and “Strawberry Fields” gomphrena, paired with yellow “profusion” zinnias and “blue” salvia, echo the rainbow colors of the glass balls settled into the rock divide...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 16, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 16, 2015!

Thursday, April 16, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's preservative-laden Independent comics page: The K Chronicles takes a rather interesting stance on vaccines; This Modern World has a revealing talk with a cop; Jen Sorenson looks at the pros and cons of Hillary Clinton; and Red Meat does some pickling.

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Ask a Mexican: Did You Know Many Mexicans Can Become European Citizens?

Ask a Mexican: Did You Know Many Mexicans Can Become European Citizens?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Do Mexicans know that if at least one of their grandparents was born in Spain, they can immigrate immediately not just to Spain, but any other country in the European Union? I know this is not an option for a lot of Mexicans, but it certainly seems like a better one for those who have ...

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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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