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The Potted Desert Garden: Evict Boring Walls With the Help of Pots and Plants

The Potted Desert Garden: Evict Boring Walls With the Help of Pots and Plants

Tuesday, May 03, 2016  |  Marylee Pangman

Do you hate it when you look through your yard and see a fence or block wall?

A majority of our desert homes are cordoned off by walls. These walls can seem restrictive—but they certainly do not have to be prison-like. Walls are linear—that is, they go on in a line. Even when the wall is curved or tu...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 28, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 28, 2016!

Thursday, April 28, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's Trump-tastic weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World checks in again with The Incredible Trump; Jen Sorenson uses an algorhythm; The K Chronicles mourns the passing of Prince; and Red Meat gets in some business trouble.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Does My Family Deny Our Native American DNA?

Ask a Mexican: Why Does My Family Deny Our Native American DNA?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I recently took a DNA test to find out about my genetic heritage. It turns out that my “Mexican” side (maternal side) may not really be Mexican at all: The DNA test has 100 percent matched me to Native Americans in what now straddles the U.S. Southwest and Northern Mexico, with no trac...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 21, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for April 21, 2016!

Thursday, April 21, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's day-after-4/20 special edition weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson looks at the phenomenon that is Ted Cruz; The K Chronicles makes a surprising yet welcome discovery; This Modern World examines yet more primary-election phenomena; and Red Meat finds someone sleeping naked in t...

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Know Your Neighbors: Palm Springs Residents Support Efforts to Clean Up the Dangers Left Behind During the Vietnam War

Know Your Neighbors: Palm Springs Residents Support Efforts to Clean Up the Dangers Left Behind During the Vietnam War

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  |  Anita Rufus

The Paris Peace Accords, which were supposed to end the Vietnam War, were signed Jan. 27, 1973. The United States pulled what American troops remained out of that country.

Congress then passed the Foreign Assistance Act of 1974 cutting off all military aid to South Vietnam’s government in Saigon. As ...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Are Some Mexican-Americans Voting for Trump?

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Some Mexican-Americans Voting for Trump?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Dude, can you please write about why Mexicans are voting for Trump?

My cuñado and I were talking about the candidates over dinner yesterday and about how this will be his first presidential vote. He became a U.S. citizen last year. He’s from DF (Mexico City). He started from the ground up...

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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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