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taken by the editor. It is unashamedly a
Catholic publication with the Bishop's ar ticle
and stories by or about people of Catholic
faith. It r ecognises Catholic educational
and welfare agencies. Never theless, the
whole maga zine has a broad appeal. It has
a judicious use of photogr aphs, an inviting
cover photo and colour-coded sections . A
clear uncluttered layout makes this a very
ACPA awarded Aurora "Best Layout
& Design": "The winner immediately
captur es attention with its well-chosen
cover photographs . It follows...with quality
reproduction, clean layout with judicious
use of white space and effective colour.
The publication looks bold, confident and
connected. It's not that far ahead of a
closely-packed field. Judging leaned towards
lively, bright and fun rather than sober and
serious; competition in the marketplace
leaves little room for shrinking violets ! "
The winner of the colouring book donated
by MacLean's Booksellers is Rachel Boyd of
Nor th Lambton.
The annual Social Justice Statement, For
Those Who've Come Across the Seas : Justice
for refugees and asylum seeker s is cer tainly an
expression of empathy. Do read the analysis
of Sar ah Locker and Adam Mayer s, students
of St Clare's High School, Taree.
May empathy be a hallmark of Prime
Minister Tur nbull and his government.
This evocative image captures the sentiments of
the Australian bishops' Social Justice Statement.
Please turn to page 5.
Michael Mullins, just-retired editor of Eureka
Street, wrote recently of the "jour nalism of
"Journalism academics recognise that many
of the best...stories eschew hard facts and
egocentricity in favour of imagining the world
through other people's eyes....The news
is produced for...reader s who often car e
deeply for the wellbeing of other people . For
some media it's a commercial decision, but
for us it's a matter of mission."
It was entirely appropriate that Eureka Street
was awarded the Bishop Philip Kennedy
Memorial Award for Over all Excellence by
the Australasian Catholic Press Association
(ACPA). This wa s a fine 'par ting gif t' for
Michael Mullins and a wor thy tribute to the
counter-cultural mission of Eureka Street.
An Aurora stor y by Liam Beckett, our
for mer Website Developer and Online
Communications Officer, qualifies as
'jour nalism of empathy'. "When is the news
not the news? " (May 2014) was awarded
"Best editorial or opinion piece" (Silver)
in the annual awards of the Austr ala sian
Religious Press Association (ARPA). The
citation read, "Liam uses the disturbing
experience of a teenage Australian girl from
South Sudan, who helped rescue some
family member s from an outbreak of war in
her home country, to critique the editorially
dubious practice by some online media sites
of inviting comments on news stories, and
the malevolent culture of anonymous bigotry
and hostility that pr actice foster s. The
ar ticle stands out not just for the passion
and persuasion of its arguments, but for its
lucidity, critical thinking and humanity."
ARPA also named Aurora "Best Regional
Publication". The judges wrote, "This is a
large for mat, very attractively presented
magazine to meet the needs of the diocese
and appeal to a wider reader ship. This
comes from the broad definition of 'catholic'
BISHOPS ASK TOUGH
MEETING FR LIAM LAWTON
SIGNALLING A NEW ERA
ONE BY ONE
REMEMBERING UNCLE LES
ST BRIGID'S IS BUZZING!
WHAT SORT OF GOD?
THE CATHOLIC THING
SEASONS OF GRACE
OPINION: LIVING WELL
OPINION: WHY SRE?
A PASSION FOR PEOPLE
IT'S A MATTER
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What sort of God
would choose violence
Bishops ask tough
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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