Compass earns praise from seasoned writer
The mandate of any responsible community newspaper, like The Compass, is to inform its readers about current events that matter. In this particular case, the staff consisting of senior editor Terry Roberts, and reporters Nicholas Mercer and (new to the profession of journalism) Melissa Jenkins are faced with an awesome responsibility.
For one who has worked my entire professional life as a newspaper reporter/columnist and press relations officer for the CBC, I know very well what an awesome responsibility there is in the public use of names and events and how, to use Jack Webb’s (Dragnet) slogan, “The facts, ma’am, just the facts,” are the hallmark of any successful publication.
Roberts and his team are handed the torch as this popular weekly newspaper enters its 45th year. Former professional writers, reporters, photographers and editors, who made this weekly community newspaper such a success, (assuring its credibility and importance), left behind a legacy that is “second to none” in the Transcontinental newspaper family. Hats off to each of them.
It is a hectic pace to issue a weekly newspaper on a normal basis. However, at a time of elections, particularly municipal elections, the pace is horrific.
Provincial election coverage is much easier, I would imagine.
Municipally, there are so many towns and com- munities that have to be covered, prior to and during the actual election, in this case on Sept. 24.
Places in Trinity and Conception bays are scattered, some easy to reach and others a fair distance away from the Compass headquarters in Carbonear. It is a long haul, one might say.
In the Sept. 10 issue, the Compass news team provided coverage in depth from eight separate districts. Including Clarke’s Beach, Heart’s Desire, Spaniard’s Bay, Harbour Grace, Cupids, Brigus, Salmon Cove and Bishop’s Cove. A remarkable assignment for a larger newspaper like The Telegram, but a staggering accomplishment for a weekly with a journalistic staff of three.
Next time you browse through your Compass think for a minute, all those stories (and photos) with all those facts come as a result of making appointments, research, travel, interviews, patience, being well-prepared and hours on the computer where the final story is written and checked before going to press.
I say hats off to the Compass staff for an exceptional job well done on each and every issue. No wonder you’re called “the gem of the bay.”
As for current municipal election coverage, sadly, your work has only begun.
So folks, stay tuned!