We’re excited to announce the Daily Wildcat Innovation in Media campaign. This is a 3-year campaign with a goal to raise $250,000 for the Daily Wildcat. These funds are essential as we continue to innovate and transition into new media models that best serve our readers, our advertisers and our student workers. Please join other Wildcat alumni and friends in supporting this effort by joining our Wildcat Innovators Circle. For information on the campaign, click here. For donation information here. You can also read Director of Student Media Mark Woodhams’ campaign letter.
New media, old media, sales, technology, entrepreneurship, law and creative writing are all front and center in the careers of nine young Wildcat alumni – out of school for 10 years or less – who will receive the Wildcat’s Young Alumni Achievement Award at the Hall of Fame banquet and reunion on Jan. 25. Read about the 2013 winners here.
Have memories about George Morley, Clyde Lowery, Mark Woodhams, or other folks you worked with at the Daily Wildcat? Would you like to share how working at the Wildcat has influenced your life, your successes? Please email them and any photos you have to share, and we’ll post them on our Testimonial page. Let us know if it’s okay to use your name.
Eleven Daily Wildcat alumni will be inducted into the Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame early next year. Join other Wildcat alumni and friends in celebrating the achievements of this distinguished group on Jan. 25 at the University Marriott in Tucson. View banquet details and how to order your tickets.
A couple years ago we started an ad campaign to promote working at the Wildcat. Here are a few ads from the first round - click on an image to view them all as a slide show. Does what they say resonate with you?
Arizona Daily Wildcat alumni have inducted 56 fellow alums into the Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001. Our alumni have distinguished themselves nationally in journalism and many other fields. The Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame includes Pulitzer Prize winners as well as alumni who excelled in law, business, technology, film producing, education, and even horse-racing.
Now it’s time for another round of nominations. Know someone who deserves to be honored in the Hall of Fame? Please submit a nomination by April 15.
Since 2008 we have concurrently recognized outstanding younger alumni with the Daily Wildcat Young Alumni Awards. This award recognizes alumni who have been out of school for 10 years or less and who have begun to make their mark professionally in any field. Please submit your nomination by April 15.
We are in the early stages of planning a Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame and Young Alumni awards ceremony for late fall 2013/early spring 2014. Stay posted.
WILDCAT NAMED PACEMAKER FINALIST
Both the print Daily Wildcat and the online dailywildcat.com have been named finalists for the prestigious Pacemaker award to be announced at the national college media convention in Orlando this fall. The winner will be picked from 10 finalists. The Pacemaker, presented by the Associated Collegiate Press, recognizes outstanding achievement in college media.
The Wildcat was last named a finalist for both print and online editions in 2007 (though ultimately not a winner in either). The only time the Wildcat swept into the winner’s circle for both awards was in 1998.
“Gutsiest” College Paper
You’ve got to like this random award for the Wildcat – named one of the 5 “gutsiest” college papers in the country by Mother Jones magazine in its September issue.
9/11 Commemorative Wrap Gets Kudos
Like most news outlets, the Daily Wildcat issued a commemorative edition for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The Wildcat’s project was in the form of a 4-page “wrap” around the regular Friday, Sept. 9 edition. The commemorative cover was high-fived around the country for its simplicity and elegance and was picked up on many design and news sites. Here’s a look at it from Charles Apple’s blog at copydesk.org.
After 28 years of overseeing the production of more than 4,000 Wildcats, Fred Smith is retiring August 4, 2011. Here’s the commemorative (and not entirely factual) Wildcat “front page” staff and former students produced for him. Any memories you’d like to share? Please comment!
Dear Wildcat Alumni & Friends:
I am writing to let you know of a new gift the Wildcat has received. This is a commitment of $50,000 from alumnus Chris Halligan ’89, who was a Wildcat sports writer. Chris has indicated he wants to support student initiatives, development and training in all areas in the Wildcat workplace.
Chris has also issued a challenge for other alumni and friends to match his gift over the next five years with a goal of $10,000 each year. In the months ahead we will organize a fund drive to help meet and track this challenge, and we hope you will be able to participate. If you would like to begin now by donating, please visit our “How to Donate” page.
As the college media landscape evolves, the Wildcat has responded by widening its digital footprint, creating new advertising platforms, and adapting to shifting readership habits. The need to provide our student workforce with the training and tools to meet these challenges will take the support of all of you who value the Daily Wildcat experience and independent campus journalism.
Our thanks to Chris Halligan—a successful technology entrepreneur who was inducted into the Daily Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame this past March—for initiating this challenge. “Do good things,” he wrote when making his gift. With your help, we will.
Director, Arizona Student Media
and Adviser, Arizona Daily Wildcat
Arizona Daily Wildcat staffers earned 7 regional Mark of Excellence Awards at the Society of Professional Journalists convention in San Diego this spring, including 5 first place winners. One first place winner – for multimedia sports reporting – was later announced as a national finalist.
The winners are:
- 1st place multi media sports reporting – Colin Darland/Lance Madden
- 1st place editorial writing – Heather Price-Wright
- 1st place news photography—Mike Christy
- 1st place sports column writing – Kevin Zimmerman
- 1st place general column writing – Kristina Bui
- 2nd place news photography – Lisa Beth Earle
- 3rd place best all around college daily – Arizona Daily Wildcat
In other competition this spring, the Daily Wildcat won “best of show” at the Associated Collegiate Press’ national newspaper convention in February, and the dailywildcat.com was named a Pacemaker finalist, also by the ACP.