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Compass up for five Newspapers Atlantic awards

The Compass newspaper is leading the way among Newfoundland and Labrador weeklies for the 2016 edition of Newspaper Atlantic’s Better Newspapers Competition.

Standing finalists were announced Wednesday morning, with The Compass receiving nods in five categories.

Foremost among those nominations is a spot in the General Excellence Class 2 award category for papers with a circulation between 3,000 and 4,500. The award takes into account all aspects of a paper, including the attractiveness of the front page, the quality of photos and writing, advertising, and overall production quality.

Reporter Nicholas Mercer is one of three finalists in the Outstanding Local Columnist category. His regular column To The Point focuses almost exclusively on sports, and Mercer is never shy when it comes to sharing his thoughts on local athletics.

Former Compass reporter Melissa Jenkins is one of three finalists for Outstanding Resources Story for her piece last year on a farmer from Cavendish who worked part-time at a waste recovery facility and grew crops there in old bathtubs to share with the general public.

Jenkins and Mercer shared a nomination for Outstanding Photo Essay, collaborating on a lively Canada Day photo spread.

Finally, The Compass earned a nomination in an award category that acknowledges the fact everyone makes mistakes. For the Outstanding Red Lobster, The Compass was recognized for publishing a headline that somehow suggested a “Placenta playground” earned thousands of dollars through a fund for community projects.

The awards will be handed out in Halifax April 23.

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