The Compass wins three press awards
One first and two seconds
The Compass won three awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada at its annual convention May 29-31 in Minneapolis.
The awards were:
First place for Best Regular Special Supplement, the Respect Life section from Oct. 5, 2001, by the staff under the coordination of Patricia Kasten, associate editor;
Second place for Best Campaign in the Public Interest, for the Lenten Wish List by Kasten in Lent 2001.
Second Place for Best Editorial on a Local Issue in diocesan newspapers with a circulation of 17,001-40,000 for "Concerns Us All" by Tony Staley, editor, on the controversy over remodeling the Milwaukee cathedral.
In their critique for the first place award for the Best Regular Supplement, the judges said, "From the attractive cover to the comprehensive look at the need to respect all life, this is a winner. The articles look at the most obvious issues such as abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty, as well as extremely timely subjects, including war, refugees and biological research. The copy is well-presented with appropriate graphics. Excellent local reporting dominates, yet blends well with national sources."
The critique for second for Best Campaign in the Public Interest said the Lenten Wish List "was an ambitious campaign that the newspaper explained clearly and hammered home week after week."
The critique for the second place award for the local editorial said "This fascinating editorial on the intra-church conflicts over renovating Milwaukee's cathedral transcends a mere squabble. It reflects on the nature of the church and authority. I encourage paper to examine more internal issues like this did."
There are 172 diocesan newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.