The eRecord takes out Best Online Publication at Press Awards

16 Sep 2021

By Jamie O'Brien

The eRecord has taken out the award for Best Online Publication at this year’s Australasian Catholic Press Awards.

The awards were held on Wednesday 15 September via ZOOM after the annual ACPA Conference was cancelled for the second year due to COVID-19 state lockdowns.

The Best Online Publication is awarded for overall editorial excellence in an online publication or platform deemed to best serve the needs of its target audience through content, design and use of the online medium.

The judges comments highlighted that The eRecord serves as an effective and extremely readable online publication for communication from the Archdiocese of Perth on a weekly basis.

“As a publication that includes news, upcoming events, and the Archbishop’s homilies, The eRecord offers information that can be absorbed seamlessly and quickly on a range of devices. The material can also be adapted easily for parish newsletters and bulletins,” the judges said.

The Record also took home Best Content – Ecumenical/Interfaith for the article “Assisted dying laws bring faith communities together in prayer”, Runner up for the Best Advertising Feature for the ACYF promotion in The Record Magazine Issue 20, Runner Up for Best Content – Faith and Life for Odhran O’Brien’s article “The Work of the Church and the Spanish Flu”, Runner Up Best Content – Catechesis and Mission for “What a sick person needs, besides medical care, is love” and Runner Up Best Content – Social Justice for the article “Prison Ministry; a light in the darkness” published in Issue 20 of The Record Magazine.

The Diocese of Broken Bay’s quarterly, Broken Bay News, took out the top gong Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Trophy.

Broken Bay News was also awarded Best Print Publication after judges commented that it was a very engaging publication and an outstanding contribution to the Catholic media landscape in Australia and New Zealand.

The Record was also noted as Runner Up, Best Print Publication.

ACPA President Neil Helmore said the awards are an opportunity for the Catholic Media to celebrate the outstanding contribution organisations make to the Catholic Church in Australia.

“Catholic media in Australia continues to strive to lift up the Church and celebrate the diversity and mission through dedicated and talented journalists, photographers and designers that make up the Catholic Press,” Mr Helmore said.

The ACYF Promotion in Issue 20 of The Record Magazine. Artwork: Feby Plando.

“I take this opportunity to also thank all the judges and ACPA Committee members for continuing to provide this opportunity to celebrate members achievements during this difficult period,” he said.

Judges’ comments for the Bishop Philip Kennedy Award noted that Broken Bay News offers an outstanding contribution to Catholic media landscape in Australia with a publication that effectively integrates strong feature writing, newsworthy content, contemporary design and compelling typography. 

“This leads to a highly engaging and effective communication vehicle that helps readers become immersed in the faith and life of a local diocesan community” the judges noted.

Other award winners included The Catholic Weekly for Best Advertising Feature, The Well from the Diocese of Paramatta for Best Use of Digital Media, the Diocese of Wollongong for Best Layout & Design – Website and The Majellan for Best Layout & Design – Publication.