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The Southern Cross wins media awards


The Southern Cross newspaper and news website were recognised at two Australasian media award presentations last week.

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At the 2018 Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards held in Brisbane on Wednesday, The Southern Cross was named the best newspaper for the second time in three years.

Judges noted that the content of the paper was “appropriate to the genre and affirming of the Church”, was “very well laid out” with a consistent style, and presented “excellent” photos.

“The paper includes local, national and international coverage, relevant advertising and religious commentary as well as secular.

“Given the numbers of staff are quite small, this is a sophisticated and engaging paper, with very easy to follow layout, supported by contents listing and containing diary dates and Archdiocesan and diocesan detail, including Masses in other languages,” the judges said.

The Southern Cross was also highly commended for its use of electronic media, with judges saying the “clean interface” of the news website showed a “commitment to trends in digital preferences”.

“The site is simple, as are articles, but are easy to digest,” they commented.

Other major winners included the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference daily e-news service CathNews which was deemed best online publication, with Journey magazine from the Diocese of Wollongong named best magazine and also the recipient of the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Trophy.

The awards were presented to recipients by Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli and Brisbane Emeritus Bishop Joseph Oudemann.

The award-winning August 2017 front cover of The Southern Cross.

At the Australasian Religious Press Association Awards held on Saturday, The Southern Cross was named the winner of the best newspaper cover category.

Judges noted that the cover of the August 2017 issue was “traditional in design but original in content and well deserving of the gold award”.

“The main photograph illustrates and reflects the story well. The story is original in material, relevant to the readership and supported by data and relevant examples. The whole maximises the publication’s mass appeal to sales and readership.”


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