Woodhams Retires!

Wildcat Alumni and Woodhams

Woodhams and some of the Daily Wildcat alumni attendees

He came. He saw. He blew the doors off the ‘Glass House.’

After 31 years as a presence across the national student media landscape, Mark Woodhams, director of Arizona Student Media and adviser to The Daily Wildcat for more than two decades, retired on February 28th.

That evening, more than 150 current and former students, family members, friends and colleagues celebrated Mark at a party held at Amalour restaurant in Tucson. The event was spiked with reunions, speeches, gifts and farewells as those impacted by Mark’s work honored him.

Here are some photos for now, and a video is forthcoming.

Daily Wildcat Innovation in Media Campaign Underway

The Arizona Daily Wildcat has kicked off its Innovation in Media fundraising campaign, with momentum provided from generous lead donors to get us rolling.

The goal
of the campaign is to help the Wildcat and our students continue their evolution into a sleek and potent news organization. The funds raised in this 3-year drive will provide training and technology support for both the news and advertising areas.

Our goal is to raise $250,000
. It’s an ambitious and somewhat daunting amount, but with your help, it will ensure the Wildcat will continue to provide robust news, media and information to our devoted consumers and provide students the skills and experience needed for the future.

Please consider being a part of our campaign.
You can read more about it here. Thank you!

Mark Woodhams Retiring, Come Celebrate His Career!

woodhams_extraextra3He came. He saw. He blew the doors off the ‘Glass House.’

After 31 years as a presence across the national student media landscape, Mark Woodhams, director of Arizona Student Media and adviser to The Daily Wildcat for more than two decades, will retire from his current post at the University of Arizona at the end of February.

Family, friends, students, former colleagues and any of the so many others impacted by his work are invited to a celebration of Mark’s career in student media on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Amalour (formerly known as Bodega), 4340 N Campbell Avenue (St. Philip’s Plaza) in Tucson. Look for the Daily Wildcat banner. Join us from 3:30 – 6:00, with a special presentation at 4:30. We’d be most grateful for an RSVP via either our Facebook event page or on EventBrite.

Mark and his family arrived in Tucson 22 years ago, after nine years in a similar role at Northeastern University in Boston. He’s revered by students and our professional staff alike for his direct, often brutally honest, approach, his ability to balance the historical expectations of strong journalism with the demands for innovation in an ever-changing media landscape and his commitment to the future of this department – let alone opportunities for young journalists across the board.

As we look forward to celebrating with Mark in the coming weeks, here are a few words from the man himself on what working in student media has meant to him:

(Via Facebook) “… The past three decades have been a great ride. I have been exceedingly privileged — beyond what you can imagine — to have worked alongside so many outrageously talented students. For some of them this may be hard to believe (given my sometimes crusty and curmudgeonly reputation), but they have rewarded me many times over. And what a tribute to the essence of their work on their college newspaper to see so many be successful professionally across lots of fields, not just journalism … So I guess you could call “no fair.” Students have done all the work and I’ve just sat back and loved every minute of it …

“… But the reality is that come March 1 a new era will begin, and I have every reason to see it as a really positive time for new energy and creativity around the Wildcat and all our student media. One thing will always remain: students are drawn to working on their college newspaper (we’ll use newspaper as shorthand for the multiple platform news organizations they have become) for the kind of compelling, independent and rewarding hands-on experience that they cannot get in a class or at an internship. It’s what makes the student press central not just to the future of journalism but also to the educational mission of a great university.”

2014 Hall of Fame video and slideshow online

You can now watch a video of the full 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony online. We’ve also posted a slideshow.  11 new Hall of Famers were inducted and 9 Young Alumni were recognized at the January 25th celebration.

2014 Hall of Fame inductees, left to right: Frank Rizzo, John D'Anna, Tim Fuller, Mark Emmons, Joe Cole, Joshua Moss, Joni Hirsch Blackman, Chris Oldre

2014 Hall of Fame inductees, left to right: Frank Rizzo, John D’Anna, Tim Fuller, Mark Emmons, Joe Cole, Joshua Moss, Joni Hirsch Blackman, Chris Oldre

Innovation in Media Fund Campaign Launched

cropped BrittnyPhotoDeskWe’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 and how to donate, click here. You can also read Director of Student Media Mark Woodhams’ campaign letter.

Daily Wildcat to Honor 9 Young Alumni Achievers

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 photos or memories to share?

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.

Alumni Reunion and Hall of Fame Banquet Set for Jan. 25th, 2014

SaveTheDateEleven 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.

You can also watch a slideshow of the nominees during their Wildcat days

“I am the Wildcat”

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?

Daily WildcatThe Wildcat is home to more than 150 passionate, engaged students, each gaining real-world, on-the-job experience as they hone their skills in journalism, sales, marketing, visual arts and more. Their responsibility: To produce daily, unfettered, editorially-independent news and advertising content.

Today’s Daily Wildcat reader
expects to receive content 24/7, through multiple channels. This transformation in the delivery of news and advertising means not just keeping up, but staying ahead.

Today’s Daily Wildcat staffers
need new and better tools and resources that will help them meet this challenge while giving them experience and inspiration for their future careers.

You can make it happen.
Please join the Wildcat Innovation in Media Campaign. With your investment, we will continue to build skills, develop new revenue streams, recruit and retain talented students, and create an inspiring work environment.

Your support will be the foundation for the Wildcat’s future, and will be an enduring link in the Wildcat’s tradition of excellence, both as a news organization and as a launching pad to successful careers. 




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