About the blogger: Paul A. Camp

I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois where my backyard abutted a field planted with a rotation of corn, wheat and soybeans. Dad was a postman. Mom worked as a reporter for the local weekly and later for the “big” daily in the neighboring town. She told me I could be anything I wanted to be — as long as I didn’t go into publishing. “The hours are too long and the pay is too short,” she always said. Parents beware what you tell your children. Six months into my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis I became managing editor of the school literary magazine. I was hooked. Of course, Mom was right: The hours are way too long, and the pay, well, the pay was nonexistent. After graduation I worked in nearly every capacity in publishing save for actually running a press. I started a community newspaper and owned a weekly, edited a city magazine and toiled in various capacities for two business magazine publishers. My articles have appeared in various newspapers and national magazines. I was restaurant critic for the Chicago Tribune and later became the paper’s features editor. I established the syndication business for Thomson Newspapers, which led to the creation of Content That Works. At every stop local media heroes have touched and influenced my life. I stand in awe of and have more than once been prodded by the great journalists and dedicated sales people who make local news possible. At a time when journalism is threatened on all sides, I continue to believe that strong newspapers and other local media make for strong communities and that strong communities are the foundation upon which this great nation is built.

I am privileged to be a part of this industry, to work with the hugely talented group of people who are CTW and to have a company dedicated to supporting local media heroes everywhere whenever they need a helping hand.

About Content That Works

When we started Content That Works in 2001, we did so in the belief that strong newspapers and other local news outlets make strong communities. We believe that strong communities are the foundation upon which this great nation is built. Never has the need for strong local media and strong communities been greater than today. And never has the threat to their existence been more troubling. We can do better. We must do better. Content That Works endeavors to be part of the solution. www.contentthatworks.com