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Adelaide archbishop recognises media excellence

Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop Leonard Faulkner has recognised media excellence and strong community involvement by journalists from the Murdoch press, commercial television and ABC Radio.

He was presenting the 11th Archbishop of Adelaide Annual Media Awards, established to foster truth, balance, fairness and justice in the context of government or corporate "spin" or media manipulation.

This year's winners - Matthew Spencer (The Australian), Mark Addinall (Channel 10), Stephen Watkins (ABC Radio) and Laura Kendall (The Advertiser) - were recognised for work covering a wide range of issues, including the plight of asylum seekers, child and internet pornography and youth affairs. Special citations went to Sunday Mail journalist Shane Maguire and ABC Local Radio.

The judges were panel chairman Fr John Vildzius, senior manager with ComSkill, writer Rosemary Canavan, ABC Adelaide general manager John Doherty, public relations executive Anita Poddar and Southern Cross editor Matthew Abraham.

Despite not offering cash prizes, the Archbishop's annual media awards are hotly-contested and attract strong competition from across the spectrum of South Australian media.