Compass wins 4 journalism awards
The Compass received four awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA) at the annual CPA convention held in Toronto on May 21-23.
- The Compass took both second and third place honors in the "Best local retail campaign" category for a series of ads for the Knights of Columbus - designed by Katie Mann - and a series for Good Shepherd Services in Seymour, with ads designed by Mann and Amy Kawula, manager of sales and marketing.
Judges called the Good Shepherd series an "inviting, effective 'soft sell' call to action." The Knights of Columbus series was cited for effective both use of color and "biblical verse and personal messages."
- The paper received a first place award for "Best local/regional news writing" for its series on the St. John the Evangelist Shelter, located in downtown Green Bay. The series, including news stories and editorials, was written by Patricia Kasten, Jeff Kurowski and Sam Lucero, and included photography by Rick Evans.
Judges said the articles "clearly played a key advocacy role" and were "an outstanding effort to follow a critical community issue through to a relative conclusion and taking an active role in finding a solution."
- Associate editor Patricia Kasten also received a third place award in the Best editorial on a national/international issue for "Getting buy" - about the need to increase funding for the food stamp program. Judges said the editorial "puts the reader squarely behind the grocery cart of families who must daily make the same choices faced by those living in poverty."