Photo fin­ish

Pa­per fin­ishes fourth in Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence cat­e­gory

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The Com­pass placed fourth out of 17 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers in its cir­cu­la­tion class from At­lantic Canada, in this year’s At­lantic Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers Bet­ter News­pa­pers com­pe­ti­tions. The pa­per was also a fi­nal­ist for the Best News Photo.

The Com­pass was named a stand­ing fi­nal­ist in the Best News Photo cat­e­gory at this year’s an­nual At­lantic Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers Bet­ter News­pa­pers Com­pe­ti­tions.

The pa­per re­ceived the recog­ni­tion for a Page A1 photo taken by ed­i­tor, Bill Bow­man of Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper be­ing up­staged by a lit­tle girl dur­ing a fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign rally in Har­bour Grace last Oc­to­ber.

Here’s what the judges had to say about the award-winning photo:

“A news pho­tog­ra­pher has to be lucky to have cer­tain im­ages handed to them on a plat­ter, but he/she also has to be able and ready to cap­ture it. A lit­tle girl up­stag­ing the prime min­is­ter doesn’t hap­pen daily, and to have it hap­pen at a po­lit­i­cal event that you’re cov­er­ing, is a gift. Take it and run!”

Ac­knowl­edg­ing that news photography of­ten in­volves be­ing lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time, Bow­man quipped: “That day I must have had the luck of the Ir­ish!”

The winning photo in that cat­e­gory was snapped burgh, mak­ing Cleary the first player from New­found­land and Labrador to win the Cup.

De­spite the re­sult of the game, Cleary’s play on Fri­day night drew wide­spread praise from com­men­ta­tors, and on his fi­nal “Coach’s Cor­ner” seg­ment of the sea­son, Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry of­fered plenty of ku­dos for the 30-year-old winger.

“This guy is re­ally play­ing dy­na­mite. I know this guy is some­thing else,” said Cherry, who also high­lighted Cleary in his salute to the grinders of the se­ries. by Tina Comeau of the Yar­mouth County Van­guard in Nova Sco­tia, while Candice Pil­grim of The North­ern Pen in St. An­thony was also named a stand­ing fi­nal­ist.

Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence

In the GEN­ERAL EX­CEL­LENCE (GE) cat­e­gory, The Com­pass placed fourth out of 17 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers in the same cir­cu­la­tion class - ahead of the Nor’Wester of Spring­dale; Grand Falls-Wind­sor Ad­ver­tiser; Lewis­porte Pi­lot and Clarenville Packet.

In the GE cat­e­gory, judges rate the pa­pers based on var­i­ous as­pects, from the front page to the classified ads.

The Com­pass gar­nered 141 points out of a pos­si­ble 150 for our front page; 138 out of 150 for com­mu­nity news; 86 out of 100 for ed­i­to­rial/op ed. pages; 82 out of 100 for pre­sen­ta­tion; 85 out of 100 for photography; 84 for ad­ver­tis­ing and 83 for ad­ver­tis­ing de­sign. The pa­per was marked 47 out of 50 for classified ad­ver­tis­ing; 48 out of 50 for lo­cal fea­tures; 39 for Sports and 47 for pro­duc­tion qual­ity,

Cleary fin­ished the play­offs with nine goals and six as­sists for 15 points, the most by any New­found­land-born NHLer in a sin­gle play­off se­ries. In ad­di­tion, his plus-17 rat­ing led all post-sea­son per­form­ers this spring.

Cleary ap­peared in all 23 of the Red Wings’ play­off games de­spite nurs­ing a lower-body in­jury for much of the fi­nal se­ries, one which caused him to miss many of Detroit’s prac­tices and game-day skates.

Malkin, the top play­off scorer with 36 points, won the Conn Smythe Tro­phy as the play­off MVP.

bmcc@thetele­ With files from Bill Bow­man, The Com­pass for a grand to­tal of 878 points out of a pos­si­ble 1,000.

Our sis­ter pa­per, The Gan­der Bea­con came out in first place in Class 2, same cir­cu­la­tion class.

Pre­miere Awards:

Sev­eral Transcontinental New­found­land and Labrador com­mu­nity pa­pers took home premier awards in­clud­ing:

Best Christ­mas Is­sue: St. An­thony North­ern Pen.

Best Gen­eral In­ter­est Col­umn: Michael Jo­hansen, Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Labrado­rian. Best In House Pro­mo­tion: Clarenville Packet Best Photo Es­say: Stephanie Pen­ney, North­ern Pen.

Best Re­sources Story: William Clarke, Spring­dale Nor’Wester. Best Small Ad: Karla King, Ad­ver­tiser. And Best Spe­cialty Col­umn: Kath­leen Tucker, North­ern Pen.

Shawn Wood­ford, who was elected pres­i­dent of the ACNA at the same con­ven­tion where the awards were handed out in Hal­i­fax June 6, of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions to the NL com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, who won and to those who were stand­ing fi­nal­ists in the var­i­ous award cat­e­gories.

In the end NL Week­lies walked away with 25 awards/fi­nal­ists fin­ishes this year. The Nova Sco­tia pa­pers had 21 awards/fi­nal­ists as well.

It turned out to be a great evening for Transcontinental Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers in both prov­inces.

The pub­lisher noted: “It takes hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the staff of each news­pa­per work­ing in an at­mos­phere of teamwork to make it to the top of the heap. We have great em­ploy­ees and each of you de­serve a pat on the back ev­ery hour of ev­ery day.”

Founded in 1968, The Com­pass is one of a fam­ily of 14 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers which serve ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador un­der the Montreal-based Transcontinental Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers’ ban­ner.

The Com­pass cov­ers some 50 com­mu­ni­ties stretched around 263 kilo­me­ters of coast­line in Trin­ity and Con­cep­tion Bays, with a staff of seven based at our of­fice at 176 Wa­ter Street, Carbonear.


The As­so­ci­ated Press

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Bab­cock watches the Pittsburgh Pen­guins in the sec­ond pe­riod of Game 7 of the NHL Stan­ley Cup fi­nals in Detroit, Fri­day, June 12. The Pens dou­bled Detroit 2-1.

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