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A Note From the Editor: Giving Thanks as the Holidays Arrive

A Note From the Editor: Giving Thanks as the Holidays Arrive

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

The holidays are here, and there are a lot of things for which I am thankful:

• I’m thankful for the  Independent ’s knowledgeable readers.  Our inaugural Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll is complete, and the results are here! With a few categories excepted (In-n-Out has the valley’s Best Burger? R...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Color is the most prominent element in garden design, and typically the first one considered. Color is what draws us into a garden and is often what draws us out of the house and onto our patio.

When you’re driving down a road, and you approach a bed of flowers, what draws your eye in? Color! However...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 20, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 20, 2014!

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's classist Independent comics page: Red Meat prepares for a festive school carnival; Jen Sorenson examines complaints about hyperinflation on luxury items; The K Chronicles pays homage to pro wrestling; and This Modern World ponders sexual harassment.

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Know Your Neighbors: Sun City's Forum Club Offers a Model for Open, Neighborly Political Discussions

Know Your Neighbors: Sun City's Forum Club Offers a Model for Open, Neighborly Political Discussions

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

One is a banker; another is a Nobel Prize-winner, a third a teacher, yet another a writer. Many are happily retired. Some are well-informed on the news of the day; others are interested in exploring new ways to approach old problems; all are willing to engage with their neighbors for some good old-f...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans and Gabachos So Similar?

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans and Gabachos So Similar?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans and gabachos resemble each other so much? Both are very conservative about sex, marriage and family. Both are very Christian, either Catholic or Protestant. Both keep similar attitudes toward immigrants. Both are very patriotic or nationalistic. Both deal with the same ...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Decorate With Cut Flowers From Your Own Yard

The Potted Desert Garden: Decorate With Cut Flowers From Your Own Yard

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Nothing beats fresh-cut flower arrangements—but why spend money on expensive arrangements? Why not start your very own cutting garden?

Your desert potted garden can serve two purposes when it comes to flowers: It can be a profuse garden to decorate your outside world, and it can fill your home with b...

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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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