The Arizona Daily Wildcat and its staff earned eight awards in the SPJ regional Mark of Excellence competition this year. The awards were announced at the SPJ annual conference in San Francisco on May 1.
Earning first place were Michael Ignatov in sports photography, Lisa Beth Earle in general news photography, and Carly Kennedy and Ian Friedman for breaking news reporting (double bylined story). First-place regional winners automatically contend for the national Mark of Excellence award to be presented in the fall.
Second place awards went to the Daily Wildcat in the best all-around daily newspaper competition; to Bryan Roy for sport column writing; to the news staff for breaking news reporting (yes, the Wildcat took first AND second place); and to Lance Madden for sports writing.
Lisa Beth Earle also earned a third place award in the general news photography competition. With a first and a third in that category, and a first and a second in breaking news, the Wildcat can stand proud in these two journalistically vital areas!
The breaking news entries were for coverage of the arrest of a student who gave birth in the dorms and allegedly stuffed the baby in a bag, and for a story on the theft of 10,000 copies of the Wildcat from our newsstands last fall.
Clyde Lowery, executive director of student publications at the University of Arizona from 1973 – 1989, passed away April 11, 2010. During his tenure Clyde led the Wildcat to unprecedented growth, moved it from typesetting machines to computers, and most of all, mentored hundreds of student journalists. If you worked with Clyde, please post your memories or thoughts about him by using the “Leave a Comment” link beneath the “Clyde D. Lowery” headline. You can email photos for us to post too. We’ll share comments and photos with his family.
The Daily Wildcat has been named a finalist in 8 categories for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award. This prestigious award will be presented at the regional conference in May.
Student Media is now accepting nominations for the Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame and for the Young Alumni Award. Learn more about these honors and how to nominate someone here. We’ll celebrate the honorees in the spring 2011.
Lance Madden was selected by the Student Media Board as the spring ’09 editor in chief. Lance has worked at the Wildcat for almost three years, with experience as a sports reporter, the sports editor, and the EIC of the 2009 Summer Wildcat. He also won the 2009 Clyde D. Lowery for Professionalism and Integrity in Journalism award.