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Ask a Mexican: Is It Easier for Americans to Learn Spanish, or Mexicans to Learn English?

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Dear Mexican: The other day, I witnessed a young gordita retrieve a bag of Fritos, open it, then walk over to the chili station and pump two steaming piles of 7-Eleven chili into the bag. At that point, the Frita Bandita then shook the bag and started comer those nasty, now-hot, chili-soaked Fritos. Nee...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 16, 2017!

Thursday, March 16, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's spied-upon-via-microwave weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles engages in a bit of shameless self-promotion; This Modern World looks back at Donald Trump's campaign promises; Jen Sorenson compares Obamacare and Trumpcare; and Red Meat gets ready to embark on a new career.

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Ask a Mexican: Why Can't Americans Pronounce Spanish-Named Cities Correctly?

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: In my hometown of Playa Larga (Long Beach, Calif.), natives refer to a major avenida in our villa , Junipero Avenue (named for Father Junipero Serra, accused native genocider, a candidate for sainthood—but I digress), as Juan-a-pear-o. There is no “Juan” in Junipero, but that’s how everyo...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 9, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for March 9, 2017!

Thursday, March 09, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's heavily wiretapped weekly Independent comics page: This Modern World brings us more adventures of the Unbelievable Baby-Man; Jen Sorenson shows how taking away health-care funding can improve poor people's health; The K Chronicles tells a tale about the wife; and Red Meat eavesdrops on ...

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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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