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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 3, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 3, 2015!

Thursday, September 03, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's breezy Independent comics page: The K Chronicles looks at all the chalk; This Modern World has the same ol' debate; Jen Sorenson examines the problem that is loose bazoombas; and Red Meat takes in a movie.

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Community Voices: If It Weren't for Obamacare, I'd Be Blind in One Eye

Community Voices: If It Weren't for Obamacare, I'd Be Blind in One Eye

Wednesday, September 02, 2015  |  Bonnie Gilgallon

Many Republicans predicted that the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” would send this country into utter chaos.

Of course, this didn’t happen. Nonetheless, there is murmuring among a few 2016 Republican presidential candidates that repealing the ACA would be one of the first things they’d do if e...

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Ask a Mexican: Here's Yet More Proof That Mexican Students Often Excel

Ask a Mexican: Here's Yet More Proof That Mexican Students Often Excel

Wednesday, September 02, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently in the rancho, scheming about how to get close enough to Donald Trump so I can smear a bean burrito in his face … HA!

But I did want to share two cosas . A couple of weeks back, I published a letter by one Dickhead in Denver , who asked 10 pendejo questions, regarding...

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The Potted Desert Garden: The Coachella Valley Newcomer's Guide to Fantastic Gardens

The Potted Desert Garden: The Coachella Valley Newcomer's Guide to Fantastic Gardens

Tuesday, September 01, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

It’s time to speak specifically to newcomers about gardening in the desert.

Of course, you are probably reading this when the mercury is still firmly wrestling with 100-plus degrees on a daily basis, and you’re saying, “Are you kidding me?”

Really: I do not jest. We can and do have wonderful gardens h...

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A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

A Note From the Editor: The Need for Media to Cover Media

Friday, August 28, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

One of the traditional jobs of the alternative press has been to cover the faults and foibles of other local media. After all, if we don’t do it, who else will?

Here at the Independent , we have not been doing that as much as I’d like. Sure, we’ve done some stuff here and there— railing on the advertisi...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 27, 2015!

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's effervescent Independent comics page: Red Meat doesn't much care for negativity; Jen Sorenson examines the phenomenon of "trigger trash"; The K Chronicles discusses what it's really like to be in prison; and This Modern World looks at objections to The Proven Thing.

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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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