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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, Bishop 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


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