The Compass brings home top newspaper honors

Compass chosen top diocesan paper for fourth consecutive year

GREEN BAY — The Compass received 18 awards, including first place as Best  Newspaper in its circulation category from the Catholic Press Association (CPA) of the United States and Canada, during the CPA awards banquet June 22.

The awards banquet was the culmination of a three-day Catholic Media Conference held in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was the fourth consecutive year The Compass received first place honors as top diocesan newspaper, and the sixth time in 10 years that the  paper has received the excellence award given by the CPA to Catholic papers in the United States and Canada.

Other top papers in this category included: Rhode Island Catholic, second place; and The Observer (Rockford, Ill.), third place.

In awarding the excellence award, the judges said: “The Compass deserves first place as it has outstanding photos throughout that capture the essence of a story.”

They also noted that the paper’s “various sections bring a wealth of information to the reader as do news stories the reader can use to engage in their community and church. Staff also write eclectic feature stories that would be of interest to the reader.”

FIRST PLACE

  • Best Regular Column — Family Life: “A Space for Grace” by Julianne Stanz
  • Best Editorial on a National or International Issue — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: “God Has a Dad’s Heart,” by Patricia Kasten
  • Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: “Spring Snowstorm Leads Priests to Offer Virtual Mass For the Masses,” by Patricia Kasten
  • Best Special Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis for the 150th Jubilee section by The Compass staff and freelance contributors
  • Best Ad Campaign Originating with the Publication for Advertiser, “Woodside Senior Communities,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens
  • Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication — Black-and-White, Diocese of Marquette” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens

SECOND PLACE

  • Best Sports Journalism — Sports News: “Packers Fan with Months to Live Has Wish Granted,” by Sam Lucero
  • Best Photograph — Portrait:  “Fr. Milton Suess” by Sam Lucero

THIRD PLACE

  • Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: “Bishop Morneau Requests Withdrawal from Public Ministry” by Sam Lucero
  • Best Photograph — General News Photo: “Remembering Loved Ones” by Sam Lucero
  • Best Photograph — Photo-illustration: Aerial photo of St. Francis  Xavier Cathedral by Sam Lucero
  • Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication — Black-and-White:  “Paul Mitchell,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens
  • Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication — Color: “Office of Catholic Schools,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or Less: Vocation Section, by Jeff Kurowski and staff
  • Best Multiple Picture Package — Feature: “Walk to Mary” by Sam Lucero
  • Best Ad Campaign Originating with the Publication for Advertiser: “Mc-Cormick Assisted Living” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens.
  • Best Annual Report — (Arch) Diocesan Finances: “Catholic Charities,” by Amy Kawula and Sue Simoens.