Eureka Street was named Best Online Publication at the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards last week, while other Jesuit publications also received awards.
The awards recognised excellence in Catholic media in the year 2021, and were announced at a dinner in Melbourne on 8 September.
There were a number of awards that recognised the contributions of Jesuit Communications and Jesuits more broadly to the ministry of communications.
Eureka Street was named Best Online Publication, one of ACPA’s two major publication awards. Redemptorist publication The Majellan was named Best Print Publication and also won the Bishop Kennedy Award for Best Overall Publication.
‘The Best Online Publication award was a great testament to Eureka Street Editor David Halliday, given 2021 was his first year as editor of the publication’, said Jesuit Communications Head of Publishing and Digital Content Michael McVeigh.
Meanwhile, other Jesuit publications also received awards.
Australian Catholics won three awards: Best Content – Social Justice for ‘A song yet to be heard: Dreaming of a Reconciled Australia’ by Sherry Balcombe from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria; Best Original Artwork for ‘The Waiting Place’, the cover of the Autumn 2021 edition, illustrated by Josephite Sister Jane Maisey RSJ; and highly commended (runner-up) for Best Layout and Design – Website, for the Australian Catholics Education Hub
Madonna also won an award, Best Feature Content – Multiple Authors, for the Winter 2021 edition ‘The Wisdom of Ageing’. The edition coincided with Pope Francis’ inaugural World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, and included a feature where a number of young students interviewed their grandparents on their lives.
In addition to Jesuit Communications’ awards, Fr Frank Brennan SJ won ‘Best Feature Content – Single Author’, for his Catholic Weekly article ‘Anatomy of a travesty’ on the Pell verdict.
Meanwhile, Michael McVeigh was honoured with a life membership of ACPA, in recognition for his time on the association’s executive.
‘We were very happy with all the awards’, said McVeigh. ‘They are not only great recognition for the work of our team, but also for the generosity and enormous talent of so many of our contributors.’