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A Note From the Editor: Are Locals Missing Out When It Comes to the Area's Big Festivals?

A Note From the Editor: Are Locals Missing Out When It Comes to the Area's Big Festivals?

Friday, January 30, 2015  |  Jimmy Boegle

As festival season heads into full swing, I can’t help but wonder: How involved is the average Coachella Valley local in these big events?

Take the Palm Springs International Film Festival, for example. I’ve heard grousing that the festival, which started out as a smaller event designed primarily for...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 29, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 29, 2015!

Thursday, January 29, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's revealing Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson borrows some useful tips from Sen. Joni Ernst; The K Chronicles looks at the rights of a police officer who shoots a black man; This Modern World checks in with the Right Wing Science Dude; and Red Meat has a chat with God.

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Know Your Neighbors: It's Time to Talk Openly About Abortion

Know Your Neighbors: It's Time to Talk Openly About Abortion

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

Those who have been in the desert less than 15 years or so don’t remember when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade prompted anti-abortion and pro-choice counter-demonstrations along a major intersection in Palm Desert every year. Or the 1992 Desert Lights for Choice candlelight vigil along Palm Canyon Driv...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Does the Mexican Government Fight Adoptions by Americans?

Ask a Mexican: Why Does the Mexican Government Fight Adoptions by Americans?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: My wife and I chose to adopt children instead of having our own. We were living in Costa Mesa at the time, so we put down white or Latino as a preference, but were open to any ethnicity. We ended up adopting six—all Latino. It wasn’t until after we brought home a 7-year-old boy (now 15...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Dealing With Large Patio Expanses

The Potted Desert Garden: Dealing With Large Patio Expanses

Tuesday, January 27, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

Do you tend to spread yourself too thin? Maybe your patio hardscapes are suffering from the same problem.

We often make large outdoor party areas at our desert homes to enjoy during the non-scorching months. If we want to soften the look with plants, we are restricted to using pots. We know container...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 22, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Jan. 22, 2015!

Thursday, January 22, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's reflective Independent comics page: The K Chronicles wonders what hell looks like; This Modern World looks at the Charlie Hebdo backlash against cartoonists; Jen Sorenson ponders the race and the Charlie Hebdo aftermath; and Red Meat gets into some new livestock feed.

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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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