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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Nikhil Mehta, a Business Veteran and Desert Newcomer Who Wants to Make a Difference

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Nikhil Mehta, a Business Veteran and Desert Newcomer Who Wants to Make a Difference

Wednesday, July 27, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Imagine coming to the desert to start a new small business, put down roots and make a mark—with no existing ties to the community.

That is the story of Nikhil Mehta, a native of New Delhi, India, who relocated to Rancho Mirage last year to start Home Care Assistance , supplying trained caregivers who o...

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Ask a Mexican: What Does the Word 'Cholo' Mean?

Ask a Mexican: What Does the Word 'Cholo' Mean?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: The word “cholo” means “mixed race” or “mestizo.” So isn’t using “cholo” to refer to gangbangers or other delinquents racist?

I’m Cuban, but please don’t group me with idiots like Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.

Cubiche Chula

Dear Pocha: There are multiple meanings of “cholo” we’re dealing with ...

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A Note From the Editor: Despite All of the Bad News, Many Things Are Actually Getting Better

A Note From the Editor: Despite All of the Bad News, Many Things Are Actually Getting Better

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

When we decided to put a story about police-involved killings on the cover of our July print edition , we had no idea that the month would be dominated by news about police-involved killings—and the killings of police.

Yet that’s exactly what happened. The deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., ...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 21, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 21, 2016!

Thursday, July 21, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's completely non-plagiarized weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at the Donald Trump news cycle; Jen Sorenson is relieved at what she sees regarding the new Ghostbusters ; The K Chronicles has an encounter with a friendly kitty; and Red Meat talks politics.

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Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Doctors Play Cat Stevens Before Prostate Exams?

Ask a Mexican: Do Mexican Doctors Play Cat Stevens Before Prostate Exams?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Over the years, I’ve had several different American doctors digitally violate me to examine my old prostate. Before they examine me, they always play Cat Stevens music. It explains why old American men uniformly hate Cat Stevens.

I’m moving to Mexico soon, and I assume that my next annu...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 14, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 14, 2016!

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's utterly baffled weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson shakes her head at all of the recent shootings; The K Chronicles looks at how the sausage is made in America; This Modern World bemoans the end of humanity; and Red Meat gets ready for Halloween eggings.

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26 Oct 2012

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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