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Recognition for scribes


The Southern Cross took out two awards and its editor Jenny Brinkworth received life membership at the annual Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards in Melbourne last week.

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The awards recognise excellence in Catholic magazines, newspapers and digital publications across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Jenny Brinkworth receiving her life membership award from ACPA president Neil Helmore.

Senior journalist Lindy McNamara was ‘highly commended’ in the Best Feature category for her story on Father Tom Gleeson, called ‘Barefoot and dancing with creation’.

The story was described as “a powerful witness to a relationship with God”, with the judge “caught up with the first line and fascinated to the end”.

Jenny Brinkworth’s article ‘Gizi’s story – a flicker of light in the darkness’ won Best Content for the Interfaith/Ecumenical category.

The story of a young Jewish woman being hidden from the Nazis by a Christian man in Hungary during World War II was described as “very engaging”.

Announcing life membership to Ms Brinkworth and Michael McVeigh, of Jesuit Communications, ACPA president Neil Helmore outlined their commitment to the executive and to Catholic media.

Australian Redemptorist publication The Majellan took home the top gong at the Awards.

The national family publication, which was first published in 1949, received the Bishop Kennedy Award for Overall Excellence.

The Majellan also won Best Content – Multiple Content Producers, Best Layout and Design – Website, Best Use of Digital Media and Best Print Publication.

Jesuit Publication Eureka Street was awarded Best Online publication, with Good Samaritan Sisters’ online publication The Good Oil highly commended.

More than 60 Catholic media and communications professionals gathered for the occasion, and for the association’s annual conference which culminated in Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral with Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli.

This year’s conference theme focused on the words of Pope Francis from his 2021 World Day of Communications message, ‘Witnesses of the truth, to go, to see, to share’.


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