First place in the General Excellence category was presented to The Compass at the 2014 Catholic Media Conference awards banquet held June 20 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.
Judges noted that The Compass offered “impressive journalism with well crafted local stories, excellent photography and graphics well reproduced. Inviting layouts draw readers to excellent content.” Other winners included the Michigan Catholic, Detroit, Mich., second place; Tennessee Register, Nashville, Tenn., third place; and The Catholic Spirit, Metuchen, N.J., honorable mention.
Other General Excellence winners included The Monitor, Trenton, N.J., 1-17,000 circulation; Catholic New York, New York, N.Y., 40,000-plus circulation; and National Catholic Reporter, national newspaper.
The Compass has received a general excellence award every year since 2009, including first place in 2009 and 2010, second place in 2011 and honorable mention in 2012.
The Compass staff also received seven other awards from the Catholic Press Association.
- First place for individual excellence, advertising/business/marketing professional: Amy Kawula, Compass advertising and marketing manager.
- First place, best coverage of vocations to priesthood-religious life or diaconate, for the 2013 vocations section. “Well written stories that are compelling and insightful. They work well together as a package providing insight into people and vocations from various angles,” said the judges.
- Second place, best editorial – local issue, 17,001-40,000 diocesan newspaper: Patricia Kasten, “No need for private bail bond system,” published June 7, 2013.
- Third place, best editorial – local issue, 17,001-40,000 diocesan newspaper: Sam Lucero, “Cooperation, not citations,” published Jan. 11, 2013.
- Honorable mention, best editorial – national/international issue, 17,001-40,000 diocesan newspaper: Sam Lucero, “Light of Faith v. Free the World?,” published July 19, 2013.
- Honorable mention, best editorial page or editorial section.
- Honorable mention, best single ad originating with the publication, black and white, “Pray for vocations,” by Katie Jagiello.
A list of all Catholic Press Association awards is now online at the CPA website.