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The Compass Honored with 18 Press Awards

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (June 7, 2016) -- The Compass was honored with 18 Catholic Press Awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada during the 2016 Catholic Media Conference June 1-3 in St. Louis. It was the highest number of awards received in one year in the newspaper's history.

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.

Most Awards

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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The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

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Justine Lodl
Director of Communications 
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Sarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
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