Catholic leader wins media awards



THE Catholic Leader has received two Achievement Awards from the Australasian Catholic Press Association.

At the 2022 APAC Awards Dinner on September 8, the Brisbane-based leader won the evening’s top prize, Best News Content, for Mark Bowling’s reporting series covering the historic Plenary Council’s first assembly from Australia.

This assembly took place in October 2021 during the COVID-19 restrictions across the country.

Seeking to listen: Bishop Mark Coleridge and members and staff of the Plenary Council at St Stephen’s Chapel, Brisbane, at the end of the first assembly last October. Photo: Mark Bowling

The leader also received a highly praised award for best catechism and mission content for ‘Matt Shines a Light on Our Faith’ (a newspaper article about Evangelization Brisbane’s advertising campaign featuring cricketer Matthew Hayden, inviting baptized Catholics across the Archdiocese of Brisbane to learn more about what it means to be baptized).

Publicity blitz: Evangelism Brisbane claims to be on the bulletin board following a blitz campaign led by cricketing legend Matthew Hayden.

Acting Editor Mark Bowling was delighted to represent The Catholic Leader at the ACPA Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Melbourne on September 8.

“Our small, dedicated team truly treats the media like a mission,” Mr. Bowling said.

Melbourne-based Australian Redemptorist publication The Majellan won the Bishop Philip Kennedy Award for overall excellence.

The national family publication, launched in the late 1940s, also publishes digital content through its website. It’s full of stories about family and faith to help families be the best they can be.

More than 60 Catholic media and communications professionals gathered for the occasion and for the association’s annual conference, culminating in mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Comensoli.

The theme of this year’s Conference focused on the words of Pope Francis taken from his message for World Communications Day 2021, “Witnesses to the truth, to go, to see, to share”.

2022 was APAC’s first conference, after two years of cancellations caused by COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

The awards, held annually, recognize excellence in Catholic magazines, newspapers and digital publications in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Judges are professionals working in the Church and/or in the mainstream media.

The Catholic Leader continues to deliver excellence in print and online to readers in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Queensland and around the world.

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