My name is Eric Wise, and I'm excited to serve as the editor-in-chief for this spring semester.
As I wrap up my senior year, this will be my third semester working for the Daily Wildcat, and I have seen a lot of stories flow from our reporters’ pens, and as such, so have all of us. I was down the hall from the Arizona 3 incident when it took place, oversaw the editing process on the similarly prominent protests early in the fall semester and will be working with our staff through what may come to the University of Arizona these next few months.
The reason I bring up what I’ve seen throughout my career here is to demonstrate that, like anyone else, it’s up to chance whether any of us witnesses something firsthand, but it’s a choice to face the stories and meet them halfway. Those who work at the Daily Wildcat make this decision every day. Our responsibility to deliver accurate news, opinions, features and previews on what’s going on is an expression of how much we care about this news and this community.
If you share this passion for writing, editing, designing, the people of the UA or any combination of these, I encourage you to consider applying for a position here. Like the population we serve, we come from different backgrounds and majors.
I major in creative writing and German studies and have not taken a journalism class in my life, but my passion for veracity brought me here to make sure we’re as on-target as possible. Others are studying physiology, ancient history … anything under the sun, really. If you’re a STEM major that wants to report on the university’s scientific advancements, you can do that. If you’re willing to share well-thought-out opinions on the events shaping the university, the city, the state, the country — you can do that too. If you want to dabble in video production or photography, you’re first in line to get your feet wet.
As we enter this new term, I aim to strengthen the Wildcat’s accuracy and efficiency in what we report on and how we do so. Those working with us and those who join us throughout any point in the semester will be a part of that goal to take this paper further.
This is going to be a dynamic semester, what with the advancing tensions of the presidential election, Arizona basketball and baseball competing with teams across the nation and intriguing performances and events arising throughout the city. If you’ve got the time and the drive to work at the Daily Wildcat, contact me or other editors using emails in the staff box underneath any print edition’s table of contents.
I hope this semester proves successful for us all — that by the end, our goals are closer, our lives are fuller and our perspectives are broader.