The NZ Catholic wins premier ACPA award

The NZ Catholic has won the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Prize for the best local Catholic Newspaper in Australasia at the recent Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards.

The citation for the award states:  “This is the best local newspaper. It seeks to cover the activities of the district from a Catholic perspective and yet is accessible to those who are not part of the district, or of the Faith. However it needs to cover stories from all points of view. That said – the paper is engaging and gives a clear presentation of community views and how the Catholic community responds to local needs and issues.”

There are two major ACPA Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Prizes. One for a  Magazine, one for a Newspaper.

Wel-com has won the award for the Best Editorial.

The citation states that Cecily McNeil’s editorial, “Living with the Least” which was published in February, “This well written, concise editorial made a claim about the treatment of workers in New Zealand under the John Key led government, backed it up with apt quotation, related this claim to a then current union-led Living Wage campaign, and applied the topic to Catholic social teaching as articulated in a 2010 NZ Catholic Bishops Conference statement, Working for Life.

“It integrated appropriately, some telling remarks from a couple of interestingly relevant union leaders.

“The editorial was bold enough to come to a strong conclusion underwritten by a clear moral purpose and designed unabashedly to influence its readership.”

Other New Zealand Publications to receive awards were:

New Zealand Catholic
Highly Commended: Best Editoral Feature – Peter Grace

Marist Messenger
Highly Commended: Best Editorial – Brian O’Connell
Highly Commended: Best Feature Story – Brian O’Connell

Tui Motu
Winner: Best Article on Catechesis
Highly Commended: Best Original Photograph – Paul Sorrell
Highly Commended: Best Front Cover – Magazine – Donald Moorhead

Tui Motu and The Marist Messenger also each received an award from the Australiasian Religious Press Association, whose conference preceded the ACPA one.

Full list of Awards click here



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