Paper finishes fourth in General Excellence category
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.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.