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Hello! I'm Tom

 

Tom Blodgett is an editor of the Gilbert, Arizona, edition of Community Impact Newspaper and editorial adviser to The State Press, Arizona State University's independent student news organization. He formerly was an instructor at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and an editor at Republic Media. Raised in Phoenix, he is a graduate of ASU and Brophy College Prep. He worked for Republic Media for 30 years. Additionally, he's a a softball coach and fan, education and community involvement advocate, and a husband and dad.

Tom Blodgett

COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL

 

Phone:

602-620-4873

 

Email:

tom.blodgett@juno.com

 

Address:

8 W. Erie Drive

Tempe, AZ 85282

More information:

Resume

EXPERIENCE
 
EDUCATION
2005-2006

Postgraduate work

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Completed three semesters toward master's degree in mass communications with 4.0 GPA before program change that would have required becoming full-time student ended pursuit.

1982-1987

Bachelor's Degree

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Earned Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. Named the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Outstanding Undergraduate Student at Spring 1987 Convocation.

1978-1982

High School Diploma

BROPHY COLLEGE PREPARATORY

Graduated from all-boys, Society of Jesuits-run Catholic school in Phoenix that has an emphasis on developing "Men for Others." Completed freshman year at International School of Brussels in Belgium.

 
2018-PRESENT

Editor

COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Report, shoot photos, help develop infographics and edit for print and digital publication of hyperlocal monthly newspaper. covering Gilbert, Arizona. Launched first market newspaper for company outside Texas.

2014-PRESENT

Student Initiatives Coordinator

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Act as the professional editorial adviser for the statepress.com student news website, State Press Magazine and State Press multimedia. Mentor student journalists on editorial excellence, ethics and professional development. 

2005-2019

Instructional Professional

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Teach one section of JMC 201, News Writing and Reporting,  or JMC 302, Sportswriting. Developed power points used in most 201 sections. Aided dozens of students in gaining scholarships, internships and employment.

REFERENCES
 
Jason Manning

ASU Student Media Director

Chris Callahan

University of the Pacific President

Kristin Gilger

Former ASU Cronkite Dean

Paul Coro

Former NBA beat  writer

Brett Fera

UA Student Media Director

SKILLS
 

Microsoft Word - Advanced

Power Point - Advanced

WIX - Proficient

Copy Editing/AP Style - Advanced

Microsoft Excel - Proficient

Adobe Premier Pro - Basic

WORK SAMPLES
 
EDITING

The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com AZ Winter Visitors Guide: A marketing effort that was mailed to previous winter visitors who were subscribers to encourage restarting their subscriptions upon their return to the state.

WRITING

From "Originality tough to come by in Arizona high school mascot names": Whatever the reason, as the East Valley in particular went through a spate of openings in the 1990s, administrators seemed to suffer from a lack of inspiration.

VIDEO

Devin Crosby softball skills video: A compilation video of Vendetta AZ 18U second baseman/outfielder/catcher Devin Crosby, demonstrating her skills to college coaches. Crosby received a scholarship offer from Mesa Community College.