The Compass earns 24 awards from Catholic Press Association

Judges: 'The Compass is an excellent piece of journalism from top to bottom'

GREEN BAY — The Compass received 24 awards, including first place for Newspaper of the Year from the Catholic Press Association (CPA) of the United States and Canada, during the CPA awards banquet June 15.

The awards banquet was the culmination of a three-day Catholic Media Conference held at the KI Convention Center and co-sponsored by The Compass and the CPA.

In awarding The Compass first place as newspaper of the year for weekly diocesan newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or less, judges wrote, “The Compass is an excellent piece of journalism from top to bottom. The number of articles written by the staff is impressive and the subject matters range from immigration to families dealing with miscarriages.

“The paper is beautifully designed and the two special sections on religious jubilees were well executed. A pure pleasure to read. A wide variety of articles for a diverse readership. Nice balance between long and short articles and articles from local, national and international perspectives.”

It was the third consecutive year The Compass received first place honors for top diocesan newspaper. Other winners included The Observer of Rockford, Ill., second place; The Boston Pilot, third place; and The Madison Catholic Herald and the Rhode Island Catholic, honorable mentions.

The other awards, which recognized work that appeared in The Compass in 2017, include:

      • First place, Best Editorial on a National/International Issue, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “Las Vegas: Our spilled blood,” by Patricia Kasten;
      • First place, Best Personality Profile, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “Who is that young man? He’s Bishop Ricken’s master of ceremonies,” by Patricia Kasten;
      • First place, Best Reporting on Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “Five priests ordained in Ledgeview,” by Jeff Kurowski;

        Honorable Mention, Best Scenic, Still Life or Weather Photo, “Cemetery grotto in Brussels.” (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

      • First place, Best Special Supplement or Special Section Issue with Advertising Emphasis: “Priest Jubilees,” by Jeff Kurowski and Amy Kawula;
      • First Place, Best Print Circulation Promotion Campaign, “Compass in the Classroom,” by Amy Kawula and Rachel Cunningham;
      • Second place, Best Editorial on a National/International Issue, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “Health care needs fixing, not the scrap yard,” by Patricia Kasten;
      • Second place, Best Regular Column, Spiritual Life: “Foundations of Faith,” by Patricia Kasten;
      • Second place, Best News Photo Story: “A Priest Forever,” by Sam Lucero;
      • Second place, Best Sports Journalism, “All eyes are on Holy Hill,” by Maryangela Roman;
      • Second place, Best Reporting on Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “Vocations Commitment” special section by Jeff Kurowski and Amy Kawula;
      • Second place, Best Layout of Article or Column, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “POW bracelet holds cherished memories for Verstegen,” by Sam Lucero;

        Second Place, Best Promotional House Ad, “Get Illuminated,” by Amy Kawula and Joe Heller.

      • Second Place, Best Promotional House Ad, “Get Illuminated,” by Amy Kawula and Joe Heller;
      • Third place, Best Feature Writing, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “Capuchin wants to end up as naturally as he can,” by Patricia Kasten;
      • Third place, Best Personality Profile, weekly newspaper with 25,000 or less circulation: “Faith and cooking are Hanten’s recipes for success,” by Amanda Lauer;
      • Third Place, Best Use of Art or Graphics: Original Illustration, “Growing in Faith | Programs and Services,” Amy Kawula and Susan Simoens;
      • Third Place, Best Twitter Account — Diocesan Bishop, @BpDavidRicken, by Bishop David Ricken;
      • Third Place, Best Local Retail Campaign Originating with the Publication, “Estate Plan Group,” by Amy Kawula and Rachel Cunningham;
      • Third Place, Best Annual Report, “Catholic Charities,” by Amy Kawula and Rachel Cunningham.
      • Honorable Mention, Best Scenic, Still Life or Weather Photo, “Cemetery grotto in Brussels,” by Sam Lucero;

    Honorable Mention, Best Scenic, Still Life or Weather Photo, “Stars and Steeple.” (Brad Birkholz | For The Compass)

  • Honorable Mention, Best Scenic, Still Life or Weather Photo, “Stars and Steeple,” by Brad Birkholz;
  • Honorable Mention, Best Local Retail Campaign Originating with the Publication, “GRACE Academy,” by Amy Kawula and Rachel Cunningham;
  • Honorable Mention, Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication, “Catholic Charities,” by Amy Kawula and Rachel Cunningham;
  • Honorable Mention, Best Regular Column by a Bishop or Archbishop, “Bishop’s Corner,” by Bishop David Ricken.

The full list of all CPA award winners is available online at the CPA website.