The newspaper was acknowledged for its excellent design and layout, receiving the overall award in this category. Judges complimented the monthly publication for its use of generously sized full-colour photos that made it “an attractive and easy paper to read”.
“The overriding image of the Church it reflects is that of the people of God, women as well as men, young and old, rather than one dominated by clergy and religious,” the judges said.
“There is a good mix of local and international stories. Complex theological and ethical issues – such as living with terminal illness – are presented through the lens of personal experience.”
Editor Jenny Brinkworth said the award reflected the efforts of the entire team at The Southern Cross, in particular the exceptional work of designer Rosie McMutrie.
The newspaper was also recognised in three other categories.
Winner of the best editorial category was the editorial in the March 2017 issue, entitled ‘The powerlessness of a baby is real power’. Judges commented that Brinkworth’s anecdote about the arrival of a new baby in her family to reflect on power in the Church was both “compelling and thought-provoking”.
The newspaper also received the award for best ecumenical/interfaith story for the article, ‘Putting God back in the picture’. Published in the April 2017 issue, this outlined the work of Baptist pastor Michael Henderson who exhibited his artworks in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral as part of the Adelaide Fringe. A story about Alicia Morphett-Edwards, ‘From the streets to helping others’ was also highly commended in the Best Social Justice Coverage category. This told of Alicia’s downward spiral of drugs, unemployment and bad relationships and how she turned her life around with the help of the Hutt St Centre.
Melbourne Catholic, published by the Archdiocese of Melbourne, was the winner of the 2017 Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Award for Overall Excellence.
The ACPA Awards were presented by Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, as part of the association’s annual conference which had the theme, ‘Communicating for our common home’.
The Western Australian Archdiocese’s publications The Record and e-Record won the Australasian Religious Press Association’s highest honour, the Gutenberg Award, announced during the ARPA Conference, also held in Auckland.
A full list of winners is available at www.acpa.asn.au
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