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News Media Canada's annual Canadian Community Newspaper Awards is honouring the work of The Compass.
The publication serving the Trinity-Conception-Placentia area was recognized in two categories for the 2017 edition of the awards, which honour the best in community publishing across Canada.
The Compass claimed first-place honours in the Best Feature Series category for publications with a circulation under 4,000.
Editor Andrew Robinson wrote three stories looking at the people who helped rescue a group of women trapped inside a burning Ascension Collegiate in 1974. The publication of a story about one of the survivors hoping to track down the man who helped her escape the blaze lead to The Compass tracking down two men who helped out that night.
The Compass received a third-place award for Best Front Page (circulation 2,000-2,999), recognizing the April 19, 2016 edition of the paper. The front page that week was entirely devoted to the devastating fish plant fire in Bay de Verde.
The Compass was one of three SaltWire Network publications from Newfoundland and Labrador to receive awards. The Packet in Clarenville won a first-place award in Best Multimedia Feature for "The 26 from the Southwest Arm" (circulation under 10,000), while Lewisporte's The Pilot placed second in Best All-Around Newspaper and first in Best Front Page (circulation 1,250-1,999).
This year's competition saw over 200 publications submit 2,266 entries in 34 categories. A full list of winners can be found here.