Spotlight on print excellence

The Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) last night awarded its prestigious Bishop Phillip Kennedy Memorial Prize to Adelaide's Southern Cross (newspaper) and Broome's Kimberley Catholic Profile (magazine).

CLICK HEREACPA has more than 50 members throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Full membership of ACPA is open to printed media, including Catholic newspapers, magazines and newsletters produced in Australia and New Zealand.

The annual awards announcement took place at the Association's annual meeting in Melbourne. Awards were given in 23 categories. A full listing of award categories and recipients appears below.

But while choosing many aspects of excellence in member publications, the judges expressed disappointment by the lack of effort made to appeal to youth readership.

"The lack of appeal of newspapers to the 15-25 age bracket is something we all grapple with, but I did not see any convincing attempt made by any of the entries to appeal to that readership," said the report of the Kennedy Prize.

"There is a distinct lack of youth contributors discussing social issues that worry them ­ illegal drugs, unemployment, depression; and equally they should have a forum to tell of wonderful things in their lives ­their successes, their dreams, their pride in family and the Church."


1. Best News Story
Publication: The Catholic Weekly
Author: Sandra Murphy
Title: Catholic patients denied access to clergy

2. Best Feature Story
Publication: Eureka Street
Author: Anthony Ham
Title: The voices of the silenced

3. Best Editorial
Publication: Tui Motu InterIslands
Author: Michael Hill
Title: All shall be well

4. Best Column
Publication: Tui Motu InterIslands
Author: Fr Humphrey O'Leary CsSR
Title: The cardinal's condom

5. Best Headline
Publication: Kairos Catholic Journal
Author: Ramesh Weereratne
Headline: A roma therapy

6. Best Social Justice Coverage
Publication: Australian Catholics
Author: Lee Beasley
Title: Following wind

7. Best Example of Education Coverage
Publication: Discovery (The Record)
Author: Phil Bayne
Title: A New Agenda: Are Single Sex Schools Making a Comeback?

8. Best Devotional Article Applying Faith to Life
Publication: The Summit
Author: Elio Capra
Title: Do you ever dance with your Bible?

9. Best Feature ­ Magazine
Publication: Australian Catholics
Author: Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ and Jenny Myers
Title: Relationships

10. Best Feature ­ Newspaper
Publication: NZ Catholic
Author: Nicholas Reid
Title: Politics and art cause problems for saint

11. Best Original Photograph
Publication: Catholic Weekly
Author: Kerry Myers
Title: Hats Off

12. Best Magazine Front Cover
Publication: Eureka Street
Designer: Janneke Storteboom

13. Best Newspaper Front Cover
Publication: The Record, Perth
Title: The Lion of Rome

14. Best Magazine Layout and Design
Publication: The Summit

15. Best Newspaper Layout and Design
Publication: NZ Catholic

16. Most Improved Publication (Newspaper or Magazine)
Publication: Broken Bay News

17. Best Regional Publication
Publication: Catholic Observer

18. Best Website for a Publication
Publication: The Catholic Leader

19. Best Media Campaign of a Church Event
Author: Francine Pirola, Byron Pirola
Title: Celebrate Love Seminar, Perth, April 2005

20. Best Advertisement
Publication: Kairos Catholic Journal
Author: Kairos for Caritas client
Title: The time is now ­Caritas

21. Best Ecumenical/Interfaith Story
Publication: Marist Messenger
Author: Peter Janssen SM
Title: Report on the Ecumenical Kirchentag ­Berlin

22. Bishop Phillip Kennedy Memorial Prize ­
Publication: Kimberley Community Profile

23. Bishop Phillip Kennedy Memorial Prize ­
Publication: The Southern Cross

Awards 2005 (Australasian Catholic Press Association)

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Australasian Catholic Press Association

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