Tom Campbell, president and publisher of The Argus-Press is Owosso, has been named a 2014 Friend of Scholastic Journalism by the national Journalism Education Association.
The honor recognizes people and groups outside the school setting who demonstrate exceptional support of scholastic journalism. Campbell and three other recipients of the award will be recognized Nov. 8 at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.
“It would be difficult to pick just one defining thing that makes Tom Campbell stand out as a Friend of Scholastic Journalism. His ability to work with students as both a professional and an educator has to top the list,” wrote nominator Rod Satterthwaite, the new adviser of The Tower at Grosse Pointe South HS and former adviser of The Squall at Dexter HS.
The Argus-Press, one of the few remaining independent, family-owned newspapers in the country, prints more than 70 scholastic newspapers and magazines. Campbell works directly with advisers and students, and is a frequent presenter at MIPA events.
In 2006, MIPA honored Campbell with the John V. Field Award, its highest honor for a scholastic journalism supporter who is not a current student media adviser.
“Tom has put in countless hours working with student publications,” said Sara-Beth Badalamente, adviser at Grand Ledge HS. “When I was a first-year adviser, I had some sort of error every time I tried to export pages. It didn’t help that the software I was using was older than when I was in high school. Tom of course had kept his old version of InDesign and was always able to help me get pages sent, no matter what time of day. And I mean any time of day.”