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'Bite-sized goodness' in prize-winning NZ Catholic paper

New Zealand's national Catholic newspaper NZ Catholic has won the Bishop Phillip Kennedy Memorial Prize for Newspapers, announced at the annual Australasian Catholic Press Association conference in Canberra.

The paper, edited by Pat McCarthy with a fortnightly circulation of 7500, was described by the judges as "packed with bite-size pieces of goodness".

They attributed the paper's success to the commitment and spiritual motivation of its staff.

"This innovative publication is obviously produced by a dedicated staff, who pray together daily, and who volunteered to produce an extra Christmas/holidays issue without pay. How inspirational."

The award, named after a former Archbishop of Adelaide, the late Archbishop Phillip Kennedy, comprised one of 22 categories in the awards.

The prize for best news story went to Sydney's Catholic Weekly, for Chris Lindsey's ongoing coverage of a frustrated attempt to establish a brothel in the suburb of Lewisham. The best feature story was Dan McAloon's "Oceania: My (vanishing Island Home)", published in the Winter 2002 issue of Australian Religious, the journal of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes.

Among other winners, the award for Best Editorial went to the National Council of Priests' publication The Swag, the best column to Caroline Jones in Madonna, and best publication website to the Brisbane Catholic Leader.

The Australasian Catholic Press Association conference followed that of the Australian Religious Press Association (ARPA), which included the controversial keynote address from Australia's new Governor-General Michael Jeffrey.

Catholic publications were well-represented in the list of winners in the ARPA Awards, including Best Editorial and Best Magazine Cover (Eureka Street), and Most Improved Newspaper and Magazine (Catholic Outlook and Kairos Catholic Journal). The best ecumenical story was Penny Edman's "Solidarity in Self-Denial", published by The Standard in Tasmania.

For a complete list of winners of both sets of Awards, together with links to online versions of awarded articles, see LINKS below.

ACPA/Worldwide Photos

Australian Catholic Press Assocation: 2003 Awards/Australian Religious Press Association: Convention 2003
Australian Religious Press Association: Governor-General's Address
Your Weekly wins prestige press award (Catholic Weekly 18/8/03)

19 Aug 2003