The monthly magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Aurora, enjoyed great success at the annual Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards in Melbourne last Thursday night, picking up four awards, including Best Regional Publication.
The hard work and dedication of editor Tracey Edstein, the volunteer Editorial Committee and the diocesan Communications Team were rewarded at the ceremony which took place as part of the annual ACPA conference.
The magazine, which is distributed monthly as a supplement in six regional newspapers, received awards in the following categories:
The judges were effusive in their praise of Aurora, describing it as “distinctive” and “standing out for its creativity and playfulness”. One judge described the magazine as, “attractive in appearance, with first class design and use of photography. The content is interesting and varied. The journalistic talent of the editor, Tracey Edstein, is evident in her articles. Bishop Wright uses well the opportunity to address his flock, basing important reflections on personal reminiscence and adopting a friendly and pastoral approach.”
Judi McLean’s award-winning article about St Mary’s Maitland students’ immersion in the Aboriginal community of Warralong gave readers an insight into the "key elements in mission in our Australian context". The judge went on, “The article sensitively expressed the range of reactions and responses to this experience. The language was accessible, personal and engaging.”
Bishop Bill’s columns from the August 2012, March 2013 and April 2013 issues of Aurora were highly commended for their fearlessness in tackling "two of the biggest issues of the past year – paedophilia and the papacy". The judge praised Bishop Bill’s ability to “bring an authentic sense of rumination and invitation rather than blunt argument to his writing.” The judge adds that Bishop Bill “never loses his personal warmth, quiet authority and accessibility...and one is left at the end of each column with that quiet moment of contemplation.”
Pictured: Vincent Long, Auxiliary Bishop in Melbourne presents an award to Aurora Editor, Tracey Edstein. Photograph by Gerard Morgan.
Another significant award was presented to Aurora on Saturday night at the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) Awards. Aurora picked up the Gold Award for Best Regional Publication. The judges were once again impressed with Aurora’s reach into the community and its consistent and appealing design. “This is an impressive, interesting and informative publication; its articles are frequently reprinted in the local secular media. Aurora encourages the faithful and exercises a bold witness to the general public,” the judges said.
The unique distribution of Aurora, in comparison with other diocesan magazines and newspapers, not only provides a wonderful circulation, but also allows the magazine to be a powerful voice for the church in our wider community. Guided by the leadership of Bishop Bill, Aurora has not shied away from the contentious and heartbreaking issues. The awards are a fitting tribute to Aurora’s mission to share the stories of the people in our community.
To read the full list of ACPA winners please click here.
To read the full list of ARPA winners please click here.
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