NZ Catholic’s coverage of church and community reaction to the Christchurch mosque shootings in March was praised by judges at the
Australasian Catholic Press Association awards.

In awarding NZ Catholic a “highly commended” in the “Best Feature — Multiple Authors” category this month, the judges commented that the coverage provided “moving responses to a terrible calamity, inclusive of Muslim voices, and demonstrating all that is good when people of faith support one another”.

“These are examples of excellent journalism, written under pressure, to comfort, inform and inspire. The who, what, when, where, why, how questions are all covered, with judicious quotes and complementary
high-resolution photography.

“This is a fine example of the great value of good journalism during critical events in our lives,”the comment concluded.

At the Australasian Religious Press Association awards, NZ Catholic received a silver award in the “Best Editorial or Opinion Piece” category for an editorial by Dr Michael Otto titled “Don’t change anthem lightly”. The judge’s comment described the piece as addressing a topical issue, and as being “engaging and well-argued”, but also suggested a technical improvement.

NZ Catholic also received a bronze award in the “Best Cover Newspaper” category at the ARPA awards.

Dr Otto said that the recognition acknowledges the dedication and effort of NZ Catholic’s staff and correspondents.

“It is pleasing that, once again, judges in these awards have recognised NZ Catholic’s work in several regards — reporting, editorial writing, photography and design,” he said.

The ACPA judges congratulated all entries in the best newspaper category, including NZ Catholic.

“The entries in this category spoke highly to the dedication and hard work of their teams in bringing faith-filled Catholic journalism to their people.”

The best newspaper at ACPA was The Southern Cross from Adelaide, and the Bishop Kennedy Award went to The Good Oil, a monthly e-magazine of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict.

Several New Zealand Catholic publications and writers received ACPA awards, including The Marist Messenger (which was judged bestprint magazine), Tui Motu Interislands, The Nathaniel Report and Lisa Beech.

Tui Motu was also acknowledged in two categories at the ARPA awards.

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