Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.

2007 O'Malley Citation

2007 Charles R. O'Malley Award citation for Bobby Hawthorne

He has a rich sense of humor. His enthusiasm for people never seems to end. His writing is both clear and memorable. And the stories he tells always educate nearly as much as they entertain.

Whether organizing a statewide convention for 3,000 high school journalists in his native Texas or sitting down with a beginning student editor for an impromptu critique during a summer workshop, Bobby Hawthorne is at ease with himself and his surroundings. And he never stops teaching, whether by writing or by example. His book, The Radical Write, is a classic used by teachers across the nation for writing instruction. The book itself is an example of excellence in expression while never being dull.

As director of the Interscholastic Press League Conference and later as director of academic affairs for its parent body, the University Interscholastic League of Texas, Hawthorne played the key support role for journalism teachers and other across the Lone Star State. A generation of Texas student editors and faculty advisers owe him a profound debt of gratitude for his hard work and especially for his dogged perseverance in defending the academic value of high school journalism in the face of opposition or criticism from legislators, administrators, coaches or aggrieved members of the public.

In recognition of his continual pursuit of excellence in teaching the best practices for high school journalism, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is proud to honor Bobby Hawthorne with its Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching.

This citation was written and presented by Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.