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Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Know Your Neighbors: The Nomination of Hillary Clinton Was a Powerful and Important Moment—No Matter Where One Stands Politically

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Some columns are more difficult to write than others. This one will attempt to transcend partisan politics while I examine my unexpectedly overwhelming emotional reaction to the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.

In June, I wrote about the reactions many local women had as they voted for a w...

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Ask a Mexican: How Do You Properly Eat a Sope?

Ask a Mexican: How Do You Properly Eat a Sope?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m not bilingual, but I am fascinated with the differences and similarities between Spanish and English words and idioms. They often point to interesting differences between the cultures. Some words, like vejigazo (to get smacked in the ass with an inflated cow bladder) are self-explana...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 18, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 18, 2016!

Thursday, August 18, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's thirst-quenching weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World catches some of Donald Trump's standup comedy; Jen Sorenson takes a peek at the goings-on at Fox News; The K Chronicles eavesdrops on a post office chat between a kid and a mother; and Red Meat finally forces Milkman Dan...

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Ask a Mexican: Do Certain Clothes Determine One's Mexican-Ness?

Ask a Mexican: Do Certain Clothes Determine One's Mexican-Ness?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently in the hills of Kentucky, drinking white dog with the good ol’ chicos while doing tamborazo covers of “Molly and Tenbrooks” and bluegrass versions of “Las Isabeles”—because hillbillies and paisas are brothers from another madre, you know?

Anyhoo, onto some oldies- pe...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 11, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Aug. 11, 2016!

Thursday, August 11, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's strictly constitutional weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson throws around the term "political correctness"; The K Chronicles listens to some advice from Clint Eastwood; This Modern World eavesdrops on a chat between two millennials; and Red Meat interrupts God at a most inoppor...

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Know Your Neighbors: Bill Marx Honors His Famous Family Name by Giving Back and Sharing His Talents

Know Your Neighbors: Bill Marx Honors His Famous Family Name by Giving Back and Sharing His Talents

Wednesday, August 10, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

Rancho Mirage resident Bill Marx is known both for being the eldest son of Harpo Marx (the mute, harp-playing Marx Brothers star) and for his own talent as a composer and performer. He and his wife, Barbara, are among those named in bold print as attendees at many local charity functions, and Bill i...

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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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