Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Type Student newspaper
Format tabloid
Owner(s) Arizona Student Media
Founded 1899
Headquarters Tucson, AZ, U.S.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat is a student newspaper serving the University of Arizona. It was founded in 1899[1] as the Sage Green and Silver. Previous names include Arizona Weekly Life, University Life, Arizona Life and Arizona Wildcat. [2] Its distribution is within the university and the Tucson, Arizona metropolitan area. It has a distribution of 20,000.[1] It is published daily during the spring and fall semesters and weekly during the summer months as the Arizona Summer Wildcat.[3] The Arizona Daily Wildcat was named Best College Newspaper by Princeton Review's THE BEST 361 COLLEGES, 2006 EDITION.[4]


2010 Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker award winner.[5]
2010 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker finalist.[6]
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.

The paper did issue an apology for the matter.[7]

The Mayday Mystery[edit]

Every year since at least the early 1970s,[8] an advertisement is taken out in the Daily Wildcat on May 1 (May Day) also, at other seemingly various random times during the year, containing cryptic "clues" to some sort of "mystery".[9] The mystery would appear to have its origins in the 1890s.[10]


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:


  1. ^ a b "Arizona Daily Wildcat -- Contact Information". Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  2. ^ "University of Arizona Library - Reference Resources". Archived from the original on 1 September 2006. Retrieved July 31, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Daily Wildcat - General information". Archived from the original on May 13, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Princeton Review Annual College Rankings Based on 110,000 Student Surveys Now Out in The Best 361 Colleges, 2006 Edition". Retrieved July 31, 2006.  Article by unknown author, The Princeton Review, August 22, 2005
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  6. ^ "". 
  7. ^ "Daily Wildcat: An apology from the Wildcat". Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "The History". 
  9. ^ "The Mystery". 
  10. ^ "The Mayday Mystery". 

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