Michele Campione (1929-2003), born in Bari, professional journalist from 'October 1959, was a dean of journalism Puglia, witnessed crucial years for Puglia and rebirth of journalism in the aftermath of fascism.
Married in 1958 with Cettina, has had seven children. .

The professional activity

He was part of a group of journalists that in Puglia 1956 moved to Cosenza to give life to the newspaper "Calabria". An experience of short duration but highly significant for the region. It was the first attempt to create a local newspaper that gave voice to Calabria, supoi to the needs and expectations. E 'was correspondent of newspapers "Future"And"The Messenger".
1/04/1958 was hired by RAI Italian Television, the headquarters of Bari as a trainee and at the same venue has played his entire professional career in becoming Head Service 1968, Editor in Chief 1978 and finally, in August 1988 Director of Rai Regional Headquarters of Puglia, even with the post of Deputy Director of the National Newspaper.
In his long career in journalism, had received recognition for 40 year career, has also lectured on the problems of broadcast journalism at regional 'Institute of Journalism of the Faculty of Urbino and the Institute of Law of the University of Bari, directed by Prof.. Veneto. He participated in a course of regional policies on information at the 'University of politicians "Konrad Adenauer" in Berlin.
He chaired the Coordination Committee of the Directors of Rai headquarters, on its own initiative established, for functional relationships with top management regarding regional broadcasts. Promoter for three years in a series of radio broadcasts on regional issues of the South with the participation of South Rai Locations and Production Centre of Naples. Component Italian Committee for the World Cup '90 and head of television broadcasts concentrated on RAI TV Bari.
It 'been a speaker at numerous national conferences on problems of regional television. As Director of Radio Bari participated in meetings and hearings at the European Regional Broadcasting. In the same capacity he participated in the work of Prize Italy Cagliari, and as Chief Editor, Information Officer Regional Broadcasting, Session Lecce.
He has held seminars on the problems and the history of journalism at the University of Puglia Bari, Faculty of Communication Sciences, and was one of the promoters of the School of Journalism in Puglia, in cooperation between Association of Journalists and University of Bari, project still under construction.
Author of television investigations on the problems of the South and the southern culture, was also appreciated art critic, keen observer of the painting scene Puglia, among those who have built a tradition of criticism of painting that did not exist in Bari.
It 'been a columnist for the Courier of the Day, Daily Taranto and head of decentralized branch of the same newspaper from Bari 1994 to the 2002. For a decade he was president of the Puglia Section UCS, Catholic Union of the Italian Press.
From 1995 to the 2003, for three consecutive times, elected Councillor of the order of Journalists of Puglia.

Literary production

Writer, meridionalista, poet, art critic, published: The Apulian not exist (1960, Courier editions of the Day); ); Hey Joe. Allies in Bari between news and fiction (1987, Levante publisher), winner of the National Award "Marina di Palese"; Beyond the news (1988, Ecumenical publishing), a collection published in the newspaper "The Courier of the Day"And notes from the TG3 and GR Puglia between 1980 and 1988.
Schena with the publisher has published a collection of poems The reasons of history (1983) and novels Life and Death of the sperm whale Hunk (1991), winner of the National Literature Prize for Young Cento (Ferrara) and the National Prize of Literature for Children of Bitritto; The warden of the synagogue (1999), winner of the National Award "Valley of Trulli" year 2000.
In 2003 was posthumously published novel History of the sea and death and in 2004, in the series Polyhymnia, was published in the 'Ode to a robber, with a critical essay by Peter the Great.
In collaboration with Vito Signorile, wrote for the theater There once was a farmer in South, represented as well as the Theatre Abelian Bari, Also in Turin, Florence and Perugia.
His critical text that accompanied the works of Vincent de Filippis in the publication "Via Crucis", the march 2003, print editions of South Mottola, with comments of Bishop. Benigno Papa, p. Michelangelo Maglie, Director Center S. Francesco De Geronimo, prof. Joseph Hector.

Awards and prizes

He received numerous awards for his long career as a journalist and writer. Journalist Award "City of Margherita di Savoia"(1966); 1First prize and gold medal at the national competition of poetry and fiction "Aldo Palazzeschi"Foundation Anna Bread (1974); the "Margherita gold", for meritorious Puglia; prizes "Gargano", "Salento", "Renoir"Taranto , "City of Bari"; the international prize "Trullo gold"(1973); prizes "Manfred of Sicily", "Cosenza", "Baroque"And"The Seal"City of Foggia.
The prize for journalism "Armando Perotti"- Foundation New Proposals - year 1977 (delivered in August 1978), that the edition 2006 will be titled "Perotti - Champion". The award Ciaia- Foundation New Proposals - year 1980 (delivered in July 1981); the Stock Award Joshua Poli (1979-1980); Puglia Prize for Journalism (1980-1981); Literary Prize Raffaele De Cesare (1985).
The Special Commissioner for the earthquake zone of Campania and Basilicata awarded him the Certificate of merit with Medal for his work in favor of the earthquake victims 23/11/1980.
In 1988 has received the Award "St. Nicholas" for having understood the medium of television as a factor of cultural and civil growth, connected to the emerging within the modern society.
The 1 May 1991, proposed by the Minister of Labour and Social Security, the President of the Italian Republic has granted the Star of Merit for Labour.
In 1992 he was awarded the prize "Dolmen"- Province of Bari for the extraordinary moral tension, cultural and civil with which, as a journalist, art critic, playwright and then Director of the regional office Rai, Scandium has a daily commitment to information and training implemented through the mass media, always generously pursuing a singular project of rediscovery of the historical and cultural roots of reality Puglia, thus facilitating the recognition and spread around the world.