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Know Your Neighbors: Meet William Edelen, a Man Who Embraces the Mystery

Know Your Neighbors: Meet William Edelen, a Man Who Embraces the Mystery

Wednesday, April 23, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

At this time of year—when Passover, Easter and Earth Day are upon us—we tend toward reflection on rebirth, resurrection, the passion for freedom, and the hope for preservation and continuity of our species. Some do this reflection through religion; some do so through nature; others do so through an ...

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Ask a Mexican: How Many Generations Does It Take for Mexicans in the U.S. to Stop Speaking Spanish?

Ask a Mexican: How Many Generations Does It Take for Mexicans in the U.S. to Stop Speaking Spanish?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican:  Our grandparents came from Mexico. The entire next generation spoke Spanish. However, in my generation, almost none of us do. One cousin’s daughter does, because the cousin married a bilingual spouse.

Most white people I know have long ago lost both an awareness of what their actual eth...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Let Pots Add Color When the Plants Can't

The Potted Desert Garden: Let Pots Add Color When the Plants Can't

Tuesday, April 22, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

It’s not only about the plants: Your pots can add a lot of interest and color to your surroundings—with or without plants!

We talked earlier this month about using succulents for your front gate pots.  However, let’s face it: Succulents can sometimes be a little boring in color, as greens and grays ec...

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Getting Back on the Job: SAGEWorks Offers Help to LGBT People 40 or Older Who Need Work

Getting Back on the Job: SAGEWorks Offers Help to LGBT People 40 or Older Who Need Work

Friday, April 18, 2014  |  Lisa Middleton

SAGEWorks has begun!

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, aka The Center, is currently serving unemployed and underemployed LGBT adults 40 years old and up with computer training and job-skills classes. The course helps participants build the requisite skills to perform the basic tasks of a job s...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 17, 2014!

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's special Easter edition of the Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the rise of groupthink; The K Chronicles ponders the development of the self-shooting gun; The City looks at the aftermath of the Heartbleed debacle; and Red Meat has some problems while decorating Easter eggs....

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do People Use 'Latino' as a Synonym for 'Hispanic'?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do People Use 'Latino' as a Synonym for 'Hispanic'?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles—they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times.

One thing I find a little antagonizing is the use of the term “Latino” as a synonym for “Hispanic”; certainly yours is not the only forum in which these ...

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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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