The Record makes its mark at 2018 Press Awards

13 Sep 2018

By The Record

Archdiocese of Perth Communications Manager Jamie O’Brien is congratulated by Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli at the 2018 ACPA Awards. Photo: Neil Helmore/Diocese of Townsville.

The eRecord and The Record Magazine have been awarded several crowns at the 2018 Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards and the Australasian Religious Press Awards (ARPA).

ACPA awarded Issue 8 of The Record Magazine Winner, Best Front Cover, as well as Highly Commended in the categories of Best Devotional Article Applying Faith to Life for Joshua Low’s article on Joey Alexander, Best Ecumenical/Interfaith Story for the article by Caroline Smith on Donna Ryder and Reg Carnamah, Best Original Photography for the photo by Jamie O’Brien featuring Geraldton Bishop Michael Morrissey and his mum, as well as Best Online Publication and Best Layout and Design – Online Publication, for The eRecord.

The Diocese of Wollongong’s bi-yearly publication, Journey Magazine took the top gong of the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the publication that wins either one of three awards: Best Newspaper, Best Magazine or Best Online Publication.

Journey Magazine was awarded Best Magazine after judges noted it for being stand out in terms of presentation, style, layout and content.

The ACPA awards were held on Wednesday 5 September at the Rydges South Bank, Brisbane South, in conjunction with the 2018 Australian Catholic Communications Congress.

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli and Brisbane Emeritus Bishop Joseph Oudemann presented awards to the recipients.

Ballajura Parish Priest Fr John Jegorow, with Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli, left and Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Joseph John Oudeman, OFM Cap. Fr Jegorow’s community publication The Crossroads won Highly Commended in the Best Article Catechesis category at the 2018 ACPA Awards, which was held in Brisbane. Photo: Neil Helmore.

Outgoing ACPA President Jenny Brinkworth said the awards are a great celebration of the dedication and faith-filled commitment of professionals from across Australia.

“There is an amazing amount of talent and passion among our Catholic press and it really is pleasing to see the enthusiasm of those who entered,” Ms Brinkworth said.

“I take this opportunity to also thank all the judges and ACPA Committee members for once again coming together to help make this great event take place.”

Judges’ comments for the Bishop Philip Kennedy Award noted that Journey Magazine is an excellent example of what can be achieved, covering both local news, feature articles and issues.

“It is immediately impressive in its cover pages and the layout is both simple and elegant, a very sophisticated combination,” the judges noted.

Other award winners included the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference daily e-news service CathNews as Best Online Publication, and the Archdiocese of Adelaide’s monthly newspaper, The Southern Cross for Best Newspaper.

Australian Catholic Press Association Life Member Father Frank Freeman SDB at the 2018 ACPA awards. He is the author of “What’s the Story?”. Photo: Neil Helmore.

The photo by The Record Editor Jamie O’Brien featuring Geraldton Bishop Michael Morrissey and his mum won Gold in the category Best Original Photography at the ARPA Awards.

The ARPA Conference and Awards ceremony were held on Saturday 8 September at the Novotel Hotel, Brisbane.

Greg Erlandson, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Catholic News Service, speaks at the 2018 Australian Catholic Communications Congress in Brisbane on 5 September. Photo: Supplied.

Communications Office Content Producer Joshua Low was also awarded Best New Writer at the ARPA Awards, as well as Winner of the 2018 Ramon Williams Scholarship.