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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 26, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 26, 2015!

Thursday, March 26, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's sexy Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson wonders what Starbucks will talk about after race; The K Chronicles deals with a verbose 2-year-old; This Modern World preps for the next couple of years in politics; and Red Meat makes a statement at a steakhouse.

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Know Your Neighbors: John Wisor and Nila Hagood Turned Their Passions for Writing and Art Into a Fantastic Children's Book

Know Your Neighbors: John Wisor and Nila Hagood Turned Their Passions for Writing and Art Into a Fantastic Children's Book

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

It’s the advice we’re always given by people who seem to have found a way to make their lives about following their passion: “Do what you love, and you’ll never feel like you’re ‘working.’”

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that luxury: We have mortgages, children to raise, car payments, spouses w...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexicans Put Down Other Mexicans for Being Educated?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexicans Put Down Other Mexicans for Being Educated?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why are we put down by our own people for being educated and articulate, while the Anglos accept us for being smart? (I’ve been called gabacho, and I’m as brown as the next guy.) I work in Santa Ana as a high school teacher and am considered very good at what I do, but when I meet with...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Contained Simplicity Versus Massive Bouquets

The Potted Desert Garden: Contained Simplicity Versus Massive Bouquets

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

Continuing on our theme this month of seasonal changes in our desert potted gardens: This week, we’ll visit one home’s entryway, and talk about design.

These pots are in the full morning sun and will get an afternoon siesta, as the front of the house is facing east. Let’s study these pots over severa...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 19, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 19, 2015!

Thursday, March 19, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's semi-treasonous Independent comics page: In the wake of the letter to Iran from congressional Republicans, The K Chronicles wonders what else Republicans have been doing to mess with the White House; This Modern World similarly wonders what other "cheeky" acts the GOP has been up to; Je...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Men Always Rub Their Bellies?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Mexican Men Always Rub Their Bellies?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why do wabs, regardless of age and body size, always have one hand rubbing their bellies under their shirts? Is this something inherent in all wabs? They all do it, especially the “fresh from the border” ones. I don’t get it. I’m a pocho, and I’ve never seen other pochos do it. Are wab...

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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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