Announcing it as the winner of the gold award for Best Newspaper Design, the judges described The Southern Cross as a “stand out” in church newspapers.
“Much like USA Today did in a previous time with its move to a colour base, The Southern Cross illustrates the way colour and design can be used to draw readers in,” they said.
“It has remarkably distinct typography, making it easy to read, and the design arrangement within a ‘compact tabloid’ format allows the reader to follow articles as entities. In this visual age, excellent photos are not optional, and the strength of the newspaper is evident in the overall design that is based around a comprehensive linking of articles to photos.
“The photos are a key for a contemporary newspaper and the quality, given the number of photos is exceptional. The photos draw one into reading the articles, and because many of the photos are wonderfully taken portraits and groups, together they provide an image of a warm community wanting to connect, and that is increasingly needed in this age of social distancing.”
The Southern Cross also won the gold award for Best Newspaper Cover, for its 2019 April edition which featured the de Sousa family praying the Stations of the Cross at The Monastery.
Jenny Brinkworth received the silver award for Best Profile Story for her article Called to find the face of Christ in the streets. Appearing in the February 2019 issue, this story traced the life of
Fr Steve Sinn SJ from his ministry as a teacher, director of Corpus Christi (a place for homeless men), parish priest at Kings Cross, and now as leader of The Bridge community for ex-prisoners.