Catholic Outlook journalist wins Australasian Catholic Press Association Award for Excellence

05/09/2014

ACPA Award News Story
Journalist Virginia Knight's Catholic Outlook story on Noelene Simmons SM (pictured) from Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans won the ACPA Award for Best Social Justice Coverage. Photo: Virginia Knight

Catholic Outlook’s talented journalist, Virginia Knight, received the ACPA Award for Best Social Justice Coverage at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards for Excellence in Canberra on Thursday 4 September.

Catholic Outlook - the official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta - was also highly commended in the category of Best Feature Multiple Authors for coverage of the community and pastoral response to the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires.

Thank you to Catholic Outlook’s publisher, the Bishop of Parramatta Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, for his leadership and to the many people in the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond for their continued support for the publication.

The awards were presented by the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Published in the Catholic Outlook November 2013 issue, Virginia Knight’s article ‘Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans’ took out the award for Best Social Justice Coverage.

The judge said: “This article had as its focus some of the poorest, powerless and most vulnerable people in our world. It was well written and had the capacity touch the heart and inspire the reader to action. It helps to expose an issue that gets very little publicity anywhere. It provides readers with an understanding of the underlying causes of trafficking and slavery as well as a sense of direction as to how to act in support of the cause if they choose to do so.”

Catholic Outlook was highly commended in the category of Best Feature Multiple Authors for its coverage of the Blue Mountains bushfires published in its November 2013 issue.

The judge said: “When devastating bushfires blazed through NSW last year, the Blue Mountains region in the Diocese of Parramatta was among the hardest hit. Several parishes were under threat with Springwood and Winmalee bearing the brunt of the destruction. More than 200 homes were destroyed and at least another 100 damaged by the fires. Catholic Outlook produced a commendable feature on the community and pastoral response to the devastation. As well as a message from Bishop Anthony Fisher, the feature included stories about the impressive “people power’ displayed as residents rallied to help and the good work done by the St Vincent de Paul Society, Very nicely done.”

Catholic Outlook is published monthly (except January) and has a circulation of 40,500 copies distributed through 48 parishes and 86 schools in greater Western Sydney. Visit: www.parra.catholic.org.au/catholicoutlook 

ACPA Awards for Excellence 2014 Full List of Winners

Best News Story

Highly Commended: NZ Catholic

“Bishop tells activists to change name”

Michael Otto

Winner: The Catholic Leader

“Icon for Angus”

Paul Dobbyn

Best Feature Story (equal winners)

Winner: The Record

“From Prosecuted to Preacher”

Story: Mark Reidy

Photo: Robert Hiini

Winner: Kairos

Judy Brewer Fischer”

Story: Edwina Hall

Photo: Fiona Basile

Best Editorial

Highly Commended: The Tasmanian Catholic

“Are We Listening with an Open Heart: Ending Abortion with Compassion”

Pip Atkinson

Winner: Eureka Street

“Abuse Cover-ups Perpetuated Priestly Mystique”

Ray Cassin

Best Column

Highly Commended: Tui Motu InterIslands

Robert Considine

Winner: The Far East

Fr Gary Walker

Best Headline

Highly Commended: The Catholic Weekly

“A spiring beauty in a city with an edifice complex”

Winner: Connections

“The Priest with no Piñata”

Best Mission Coverage

Highly Commended (Joint): Madonna

“A Recorder of Aboriginal Language”

Edmund Campion

Australian Catholics

“What we learn from the poor”

Clare Deignan

Winner: Tui Motu InterIslands

“The Gift of Francis Vernon Douglas”

Cavaan Wild

Best Social Justice Coverage

Highly Commended: Eureka Street

“Religious rebels Rattle Big Coal’s cage”

Thea Ormerod

Winner: Catholic Outlook

“Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans”

Virginia Knight

Best Example of Education Coverage

Highly Commended: Vocnet

‘Going Full Circle’

Sally Neaves

Winner: The Broken Bay News

“Celebrating 2013”

Best Article on Catechesis

Highly Commended: Tui Motu InterIslands

“Let’s Talk”

Fr Kevin Toomey OP

Winner: Eureka Street

“Pope Francis’ three types of intelligence”

Fr Andrew Hamilton sj

Best Devotional Article Applying Faith to Life

(Sponsored by The Broken Bay Institute)

Highly Commended: Australian Catholics

“Laughter in Heaven”

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Winner: Madonna

“The Measure of our Lives”

Margaret Mary Flynn

Best Feature Multiple Authors

Highly Commended: Catholic Outlook

Community and Pastoral Response to the Bushfires

Winner: Province Express

Refugee Week

Best Original Photograph

Highly Commended: The Southern Cross

Opening Doors from Afar”

Photographer: Nat Rogers

Winner: C-mail

“Five Sisters, Mother Mary and Baby Jesus”

Best Original Artwork

Highly Commended: Tui Motu InterIslands

Wise Women

Mary Horn

Winner: Xt3

Lent Calendar

Clayton Diak

Best Front Cover – Magazine

Highly Commended: Madonna

Spring 2013

Winner: Kairos

Vol 24. August 2013

Best Front Cover – Newspaper

Highly Commended: The Catholic Weekly

“A Face of Unity”

Winner: The Catholic Leader

“A Wise Gentle Pastor”

Best Layout and Design – Online Publication

Highly Commended: Eureka Street

Winner: CathNews

Best Layout and Design – Magazine

Highly Commended: Connections

Winner: Aurora

Best Layout and Design – Newspaper

Highly Commended: The Catholic Weekly

Winner: The Record

Most Improved Publication

Highly Commended: The Broken Bay News

Winner: The Majellan

Best use of New Media – Social Media, Blogs, Apps etc

Highly Commended: Broken Bay Diocese

Lectio Divina App

Winner: Xt3

Best Advertising Feature/Supplement

Highly Commended: CathNews

Perspectives

Winner: Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

Lights of Christmas

Best Ecumenical/Interfaith Story

Highly Commended: Eureka Street

“Another Round of Ramadan Lunar-cy”

Irfan Yusuf

Winner: The Far East

“A Chance Meeting”

Ashleigh Green

Best Online Publication

Highly Commended: CathNews Perspectives

Winner: Eureka Street

Best Print Magazine

Highly Commended (joint): Kairos & The Broken Bay News

Winner: Aurora

Best Newspaper

Highly Commended: The Southern Cross

Winner: The Catholic Leader

Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Award for Overall Excellence in a Catholic Publication

Winner: Aurora

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