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The Potted Desert Garden: Fifth-Week Thoughts on Treasuring the Plants in Our Desert

The Potted Desert Garden: Fifth-Week Thoughts on Treasuring the Plants in Our Desert

Saturday, December 20, 2014  |  Administrator

There is no such thing as small vegetation on Kauai.

I’m fortunate enough to be on vacation here in Hawaii. You know all those house plants I have been talking about? Here, those same plants are gigantic . There are pothos leaves the size of full-grown turkeys. Crotons almost two stories high. (See the...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 18, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Dec. 18, 2014!

Thursday, December 18, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's heartwarming Independent comics page: Milkman Dan discusses his new screenplay with Karen; Jen Sorenson engages in a torturous thought experiment; The K Chronicles suffers upon hearing George W. Bush speak; and This Modern World examines the unpleasantness of that torture report.

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Know Your Neighbors: In Honor of Neighbors Who Were Tortured, We Must Never Again Use 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

Know Your Neighbors: In Honor of Neighbors Who Were Tortured, We Must Never Again Use 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

In the wake of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “Torture Report” on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the Central Intelligence Agency in the wake of Sept. 11, I was reminded that I once had the privilege of meeting one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”  at an event in San Die...

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Ask a Mexican: It's the Mexican's Annual Gift Guide!

Ask a Mexican: It's the Mexican's Annual Gift Guide!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Gentle cabrones : Behold, it’s my annual Mexican Christmas guide, where I recommend the best Mexi-themed libros for you to give to your loved ones this Navidad instead of yet another tamale to unwrap.

Lowriting: Shots, Rides and Stories From the Chicano Soul : A stunning collection of lowrider photos by Los ...

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Remembering Robert Stearns: The Local Arts Community Has Lost One of Its Biggest Advocates With the Passing of ArtsOasis' Executive Director

Remembering Robert Stearns: The Local Arts Community Has Lost One of Its Biggest Advocates With the Passing of ArtsOasis' Executive Director

Tuesday, December 16, 2014  |  David Clinton-Reid

Robert Stearns, the executive director of ArtsOasis , passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, after a brief illness.

There is so much to say about my dear friend and colleague. Robert (pictured to the right, in a photo from last year) graduated from the University of California at San Diego in fine arts and art...

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The Potted Desert Garden: It's Not Too Cool for Summer Foliage

The Potted Desert Garden: It's Not Too Cool for Summer Foliage

Tuesday, December 16, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Why am I talking about summer foliage in December?

You might find some of these plants in local nurseries now, and because of our mild winters, many of these summer plants can survive here year-round. You might consider experimenting with these choices, thereby easing your planting woes next spring w...

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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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