The Vermont Standard took home two of the most coveted honors at the winter convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association.
|Friday in a gathering at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Vermont Standard’s Publisher Phil Camp was honored by being inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association hall of fame. Phil’s family was joined with many other newspaper leaders and friends from around New England in celebration of this honor. Here Phil stands with wife Mary Lee and his family, from the left, son Peter and his wife Fran, son Paul with wife Kate, Mary Lee and Phil Camp , son Phil Camp Jr. MD with wife Mary.|
The Standard was named best weekly newspaper in its class and publisher Phil Camp was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame last weekend. It’s the first such award for the Standard, which was named a Distinguished Newspaper by NENPA last October in a separate contest.
“I am indebted to my family for their support for more than three decades, to a talented and dedicated staff at the Standard and to my community for its support of our newspaper,” said Camp at the induction ceremony Saturday. “We work hard to provide a way people can see and celebrate their successes, but also reflect on what still needs to be done if the community is to be a desirable and proud place to live.”
Camp, who has owned the Standard since 1981, joins 91 other members in the NENPA hall of fame. As Alan Baker, the highly regarded and greatly admired publisher of the Ellsworth American in Maine, said in his introduction of Phil at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, “there is really no one who deserves to be in the HOF more than Phillip Cabot Camp,” said NENPA Executive Director Dan Cotter, who nominated Camp for the honor. “I’d add to that by saying that any New England Newspaper Hall of Fame just wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include Phil. This is a man who, in 1981, bought and re-energized a struggling 130-year-old newspaper in Woodstock, Vt. — expanding its footprint and news content more than fourfold and bringing it back to profitability, while using its role and voice to promote understanding and collaboration in the community. He is a shining example of the values, hard work, determination and character that anyone attempting to lead a news organization would want to emulate.
“Plus, his extraordinary leadership, self-sacrifice and commitment in service to his paper and his town during the time in 2011 when Tropical Storm Irene flooded Woodstock and the paper is the stuff of legends in our business.”
Camp said his greatest accomplishment as owner was the paper’s resilience through Tropical Storm Irene, continuing the paper’s streak of never missing an edition in 158 years.
“How we responded to the Irene crisis was one of the most proud and rewarding experiences of my life,” Camp said. “The Standard showed its true colors, and I celebrate how we made such a difference.” He added, “It’s how we’ve been for over three decades.”
Camp was also honored by the Vermont Legislature with a resolution praising his “business savvy” and “prudent journalistic judgment” and celebrating his nomination into the NENPA Hall of Fame.
Camp is also a member of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame.
For its first-place award, the Standard was among other award-winning weeklies such as the Mount Desert Islander in Bar Harbor, Maine and the Marshfield Mariner (Mass.). Two editions of the Standard were submitted for consideration in the contest: one from March 28, 2013 and another from May 9, 2013. Judges praised the Standard’s layout, photos, size and “watchdog journalism.”
The Standard also earned six Vermont Press Association awards in December for its sports writing, reporting, photography and work during Tropical Storm Irene.
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