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A Note From the Editor: It Has NOT Been a Slow News Month

A Note From the Editor: It Has NOT Been a Slow News Month

Friday, February 24, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

We put the finishing touches on the March print issue on Thursday, Feb. 16. (Yeah, it was a little earlier than normal, because February is a short month, and we have a narrow window with our printer.)

That particular day was, to say the least, a completely bonkers news day. On a local level, Riversi...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 23, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 23, 2017!

Thursday, February 23, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's only-sort-of-fake weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines recent Orwellian reversals; The K Chronicles gets frightened on an airplane flight; This Modern World ponders how it always starts with a tweet; and Red Meat makes a deal with the kids.

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Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Activists Working to Make Sure We Remember What Happened at Sandy Hook

Know Your Neighbors: Meet Local Activists Working to Make Sure We Remember What Happened at Sandy Hook

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

It’s been more than four years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., yet the bone-chilling horror of what happened should never be forgotten. We can never know what those lives might have contributed to America in the future, and we can only imagine the agony of thei...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexican Illegal Immigrants Simply Apply for Citizenship?

Ask a Mexican: Why Don't Mexican Illegal Immigrants Simply Apply for Citizenship?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I asked my dad why the Mexican illegals don’t just apply for citizenship instead of coming here illegally, and he told me that they are not able to apply for citizenship. Is this true?

Wondering in Wenatchee

Dear Gabacho: They ain’t “illegals,” son: They’re “immigrants.”

But even before D...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 16, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Feb. 16, 2017!

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's extra-presidential (for better or for worse) weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles pays tribute to wifey; This Modern World shares some Trump valentines; Jen Sorenson ponders our democratic crisis; and Red Meat enjoys some special effects.

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Ask a Mexican: Wouldn't the People in Some Parts of Mexico Want Their States to Become Part of the U.S.?

Ask a Mexican: Wouldn't the People in Some Parts of Mexico Want Their States to Become Part of the U.S.?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: My parents were born in Mexico. I was born in Dallas, Texas. This makes me a first-generation American, right?

So, if my best friend’s dad was born in Mexico, and her mother is a Chicana born in the United States, does this make her a first-generation American or a second-generation Ame...

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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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