The Arizona Daily Wildcat is a student newspaper serving the University of Arizona. It was founded in 1899 as the Sage Green and Silver. Previous names include Arizona Weekly Life, University Life, Arizona Life and Arizona Wildcat. Its distribution is within the university and the Tucson, Arizona metropolitan area. It has a distribution of 20,000. It is published daily during the spring and fall semesters and weekly during the summer months as the Arizona Summer Wildcat. The Arizona Daily Wildcat was named Best College Newspaper by Princeton Review's THE BEST 361 COLLEGES, 2006 EDITION.
2010 Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker award winner.
2010 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker finalist.
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.
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.
|“||Father: Ya know son...|
If you ever tell me you're gay... I will shoot you with my shotgun, roll you up in a carpet and throw you off of a bridge...
Son: Well I guess that's what you call a "Fruit Roll Up!"
Father and Son: Ahh Ha ha ha Ha ha... bwah Ha Ha ha Ha ha haa!!
The paper did issue an apology for the matter.
The Mayday Mystery
Every year since at least 1995, an advertisement is taken out in the Wildcat on May 1 (May Day) containing cryptic "clues" to some sort of "mystery". The mystery would appear to have its origins in the 1890s.
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:
- Gilbert Bailon, editorial page editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Bobbie Jo Buel, executive editor of the Arizona Daily Star
- Susan Carroll, Houston Chronicle reporter
- Scott Carter, executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher
- Ryan Finley, sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star
- David "Fitz" Fitzsimmons, editorial cartoonist
- Paul Gilblin and Ryan Gabrielson, the 2009 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting
- Richard Gilman, retired publisher of the Boston Globe
- Dan Hicks, NBC sportscaster
- Jessica Lee, social media coordinator for Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman
- Saul Loeb, White House photographer for Agence France Presse
- Phil Matier, columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle
- Nathan Olivarez-Giles, staff writer for Wired magazine, former writer at Los Angeles Times
- Lynne Olson (Freedom's Daughters, Citizens of London)
- Dorothy Parvaz, Al Jazeera reporter
- Merl Reagle, syndicated crossword puzzle creator
- Mort Rosenblum, author and foreign correspondent
- Michael Schwartz, founder of ESPN-affiliated Phoenix Suns website valleyofthesuns.com
- Frank Sotomayor, retired journalist with the LA Times and winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize
- Bill Walsh, Washington Post copy chief, creator of theslot.com and author of books on copyediting
- Ari Wasserman, Ohio State University sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer