The Arizona Daily Wildcat is a student newspaper serving the University of Arizona. It was founded in 1899[2] as the Sage Green and Silver. Previous names include Arizona Weekly Life, University Life, Arizona Life and Arizona Wildcat.[4] Its distribution is within the university and the Tucson, Arizona metropolitan area. It has a distribution of 20,000.[2] It is published daily during the spring and fall semesters and weekly during the summer months as the Arizona Summer Wildcat.[6] The Arizona Daily Wildcat was named Best College Newspaper by Princeton Review's THE BEST 361 COLLEGES, 2006 EDITION.[7]

Awards

2010 Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker award winner.[8]
2010 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker finalist.[9]
2010 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award National Finalist for online sports reporting at a four-year college or university.
2010 College Media Advisers Apple Award winner for best four-year broadsheet newspaper.

Controversy

The Tuesday October 16, 2012 issue featured a four-panel cartoon by cartoonist D. C. Parsons, deemed offensive by some 8,000 signatories to a petition to have the Cartoonist and Editor-in-Chief and Copy-Editor fired. The editor-in-chief did not step down despite the number of signatories asking for her resignation; however, the cartoonist was promptly fired after the publication.

The paper did issue an apology for the matter.[10]

The Mayday Mystery

Every year since at least 1995,[11] an advertisement is taken out in the Wildcat on May 1 (May Day) containing cryptic "clues" to some sort of "mystery".[12] The mystery would appear to have its origins in the 1890s.[13]

Alumni

Daily Wildcat alumni have been successful in many fields other than journalism – from higher education to thoroughbred race horse training. Some noted alumni in the journalism and media fields include: