On October 29th, more than 30 former Daily Wildcatters visited the newsroom and toured the Student Media facility, including the studios of KAMP Student Radio and UATV3. Current staffers answered questions about the print Wildcat and dailywildcat.com, and showed off their newest digital media tools.
On Saturday, October 29th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., drop by and take a tour of the updated Daily Wildcat newsroom! Designed to encourage collaboration, innovation, and simply hanging out, we’ve added couches (green), tables for laptops and small group meetings, and large screens which livestream 24/7 dailywildcat.com digital stats, traffic patterns and social media activity.
You can also tour the entire Student Media facility, including the one-of-a-kind KAMP Student Radio studio. If you attend the 10:30 a.m. School of Journalism Homecoming gathering (details here), Student Media director Brett Fera will escort you down the street to the Wildcat afterwards.
We’re in the Park Student Union at 615 N Park Avenue – between Kaibab/Huachuca residence hall and the volleyball courts. Our entrances on Park and off the west courtyard are separate from the main union. Questions? Email Brett or call him at (520) 621-3408.
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.
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.
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!
Nearly 100 Daily Wildcat staff turned out for our annual awards banquet on May 4, held once again on the lovely patio at Old Pueblo Grille. Staff were honored for year-long achievement in such areas as reporting, sales, customer service, graphic design, photography, illustrations, copy editing, multimedia and much more. This year we added the Wildcat Impact Award “for innovation and enterprise”, which was won by students in 3 different areas of the operation. From the newsroom, Colin Darland earned an Impact award for his redesign of the online paper; from advertising, Daniela Saylor was honored for her success coaching and training peers in sales; and from production, Lindsey Cook was recognized for stepping up as senior production coordinator and revamping several kep production processes.
Winning the signature advertising award – The George Morley Award for Achievement – was Jasmin Bell, a 3-year veteran of our classifieds advertising office. The Clyde Lowery Award for Professionalism and Integrity, the newsroom’s major honor, was won by Heather Price-Wright, another multi-year veteran who served as opinions editor and copy chief.
A number of graduating seniors were honored for their service to the paper with a Daily Wildcat Alumni Award. On hand to present these awards on behalf of all Wildcat alumni were former EIC Alex Dalenberg and former photo editor Lisa Beth Earle. Winners are (including major positions held):
- Jessica Leftault, Design Chief, Managing Editor
- Mike Christy, Photographer, Photo Editor
- Bethany Barnes, Reporter, Asst News Editor
- Tim Kosch, Sports Editor
- Ken Contrata, Copy Chief, Managing Editor
- Heather Price-Wright, Opinions Editor, Copy Chief
- Bryan Roy, Online Editor, Sports Writer
- Brandon Specktor, Arts Editor
- Christine Bryant, Graphic Designer
- Sarah Dalton, Sales Coordinator, Advertising Rep
- Grego Moore, Advertising Rep
- Daniela Saylor, Advertising Rep
- Jasmin Bell, Classified Advertising
More than 150 Daily Wildcat alumni and friends gathered at the University Marriott in Tucson on March 26 to induct 13 alumni into the paper’s Hall of Fame and recognize the achievements of 10 young alumni.
It was the 5th induction of a Hall of Fame class and the second ceremony honoring young alumni achievers. The event featured a reception, dinner and presentation program. Jeffrey L. Sklar, editor in chief of the Wildcat in 2002 and 2003, assisted in presenting the young alumni awards. James W. Johnson, professor emeritus of journalism and a member of the Hall of Fame’s 2003 class, introduced the newest Hall of Famers.
Eight decades of Wildcat alumni and staff were represented, from the 1940s to 2010s, demonstrating again the Wildcat’s powerful legacy and impact.
Click here for a pdf of the Hall of Fame program.
Click here for a selection of photos from the dinner and reunion.
From marketing and PR pros to awarding winning journalists to an Iraqi war veteran and author, the 2011 Daily Wildcat Young Alumni Award winners represent high achieving accomplishments. They will be honored at the Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame banquet and reunion on March 26 in Tucson.
- Michael Barber, a digital marketing strategist who was a Wildcat account exec
- Dave Cieslak, founder of Scutari and Cieslak PR (and former daily newspaper reporter) who was Wildcat editor in chief
- Jennifer Duffy, PR manager for the Loews golf resorts in Tucson and Las Vegas who was a Wildcat managing editor
- Ryan Gabrielson, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner who was a reporter on the Wildcat
- Djamila Grossman, photographer for the Salt Lake City Tribune and a Wildcat reporter and photographer
- Luke Larson, a Marine veteran of 2 tours in Iraq and author of “The Senator’s Son” who was Wildcat sales manager
- Nate Olivarez-Giles, a reporter with the LA Times and a Wildcat reporter and photo editor
- Nicole Santa Cruz, also a reporter for the LA Times and Wildcat editor in chief
- Daniel Scarpinato, communications director for the Arizona legislature (majority) and a Wildcat editor in chief
- Maxx Wolfson, field editor for Getty Images and a Wildcat sports editor
The Daily Wildcat Young Alumni Award was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding young alumni who have been out of school within the past 10 years. It is presented every two to three years in conjunction with the Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame.
The 2011 Hall of Fame nominees, announced earlier, can be found here.
A group of about 20 journalism alumni, many celebrating their 50th (or thereabouts) class reunion, dropped by the Wildcat newsroom on Homecoming day Oct. 23. These alums all worked on the Wildcat, the Desert yearbook or Kitty Kat humor magazine when they were in school. They toured the Wildcat offices and met with editor in chief Colin Darland, sports editor Tim Kosch and news editor Michelle Monroe.
Among the alumni who attended were Jon Alquist, Betsy Bolding, Joe and Marianne Cole, Bob and Jo Anne Crawford, Rosalie Robles Crow, Tom Dau, Gordon Evans, Vincent Flynn and Sydney Wade Flynn, Bob Goldfarb, Jan Harelson, Jim Johnson, Mary Alice Kellogg, Shirley Kirts Link, Dick Moe and Jim and Odetta Price.