Compass receives 18 awards from Catholic Press Association

Green Bay diocesan newspaper honored with first place, General Excellence

ST. LOUIS – The Compass received 18 Catholic Press Awards June 3 during the annual awards ceremony for the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The ceremony was part of the Catholic Media Conference held June 1-3 at the Hilton Hotel at the Ballpark.

The Compass was awarded the top honor, first place, General Excellence, for weekly diocesan newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or less. It is the third time in seven years The Compass has received first place in this coveted category.

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In awarding first place for General Excellence, judges noted: “The Compass did a great job of covering multicultural stories. I found the community angle very strong and their coverage of local parishes particularly powerful. The paper also used color in a way that enhanced the overall look of the paper. Well done.”

They added, “Each page packed with an abundance of tightly written, readable news stories from various corners, villages and groups within the Catholic community of the Diocese of Green Bay … The Compass delivers a well-crafted model of community journalism applied to the church.”

In addition to General Excellence, The Compass received four other first place awards, six second place awards, two third place awards and five honorable mention awards. It is the most awards the diocesan newspaper has received in one year, topping the 12 awards received in 2015. The other awards, recognizing work that appeared in The Compass in 2015, include:

  • First place, Best Single Ad Originating With the Publication: Black and White Ad, for “St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay: Leah Darrow event” by Donna Mleziva;
  • First place, Best Editorial on a National/International Issue: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “More Scary than Halloween,” by Patricia Kasten;
  • First Place, Best Coverage of Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Priest Jubilee,” by the Staff;
  • First Place, Best Coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life, Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Year of Consecrated Life series,” by the Staff;
  • Second Place, Best Sports Journalism: Sports News, “Guided by faith,” by Jeff Kurowski;
  • Second Place, Best Special Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis, “Faith That Works,” by Jeff Kurowski and Amy Kawula;
  • Second Place, Best Use of Art or Graphics: Best Chart or Information Graphic, “Instagram facts in a flash,” by Donna Mleziva and Samantha Pallini;
  • Second Place, Best Feature Writing, Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Photographer who captured iconic images of Archbishop Romero says Salvadorans know archbishop is a martyr,” by Sam Lucero;
  • Second Place, Best Editorial on a National/International Issue: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Giving just a little respect,” by Patricia Kasten;
  • Second Place, Best Investigative/Analysis News Writing: Best Analysis/Background/Round-Up News Writing: The Gerard E. Sherry Award for Diocesan Newspaper, “Role of religious sisters in health care,” by Lisa Haefs;
  • Third Place, Best Special Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis, “Death and Dying section,” Jeff Kurowski and Amy Kawula;
  • Third Place, Best Personality Profile: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “He has the keys to a faithful life,” by Sarah Bradford;
  • Honorable Mention, Best Regular Column, Spiritual Life, “Foundations of Faith,” by Patricia Kasten;
  • Honorable Mention, Best News Writing Originating with the Paper on a Local or Regional Event: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Byzantine monk has answer to Facebook’s name regulation,” by Sam Lucero;
  • Honorable Mention, “Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication: Black and White Ad, “Holy Trinity Parish, School Hill: Gary Wilhelm congratulatory ad,” by Donna Mleziva;
  • Honorable Mention, “Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication: Color Ad, “Catholic Charities,” by Donna Mleziva and Sarah Bradford;
  • Honorable Mention, “Best Local Retail Campaign Originating with the Publication, “Vocations,” by Donna Mleziva and Sarah Bradford.

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