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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 30, 2015!

Thursday, July 30, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's sobering Independent comics page: Red Meat enjoys fantasies about a lovely weekend; Jen Sorenson examines advice conservatives never give to themselves; The K Chronicles is disappointed by the Grand Canyon; and This Modern World offers up an obligatory Donald Trump cartoon.

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Know Your Neighbors: Teen Suicide Deaths, Gun Availability Go Hand in Hand

Know Your Neighbors: Teen Suicide Deaths, Gun Availability Go Hand in Hand

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

I remember my friend Jean every time I hear about the suicide death of a young person.

Jean found her 17-year-old son, shot dead by his own hand, in their living room. Although I have known others who lost a child (a reality I can thankfully only imagine), it’s Jean who stands out. The impact on her ...

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Ask a Mexican: Special One-Liner Answers Edition!

Ask a Mexican: Special One-Liner Answers Edition!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I wasn’t born in this country, but I got here as quickly as I could at the age of 10. I was born in Mexico and live in Houston, a city that is bursting at the seams with Mexicans and Latinos from every country south of the border.

I think I have the solution to this immigration debate. ...

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A Note From the Editor: Lots of Great Things Are Happening Here

A Note From the Editor: Lots of Great Things Are Happening Here

Tuesday, July 28, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

There’s a lot of great stuff going on here at Independent World Headquarters (i.e., my apartment in downtown Palm Springs).

For one thing: We’ll be launching our Supporters of the Independent Program within weeks. We don’t charge a thing for our great content, whether it’s delivered online, via email o...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 23, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for July 23, 2015!

Thursday, July 23, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's exciting Independent comics page: This Modern World deals with an alien invasion (but not very well); Jen Sorenson has a proposal for defenders of fracking; The K Chronicles packs up and moves cross-country; and Red Meat seeks some medicine, of sorts.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Do Some Mexicans Look Asian?

Ask a Mexican: Why Do Some Mexicans Look Asian?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why is it so easy to escape from Mexican prisons, and why is it always accomplished the day before execution? And why haven’t the proper authorities figured it out yet? See Madero, Pancho Villa, Luis Terrazas Jr., etc.

Fuga Frank

Dear Jailbreak Fred: Don’t forget El Chapo!

The answer is o...

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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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