Home' Aurora : Aurora October 2011 Contents 5
www.mn.catholic.org.au | Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle |
Disclosure: Deposits with Catholic Development Fund (CDF) are guaranteed by BishopWilliamWright, Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese and CDPF Limited, a company established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for this purpose. We welcome your investment
with the CDF rather than with a profit oriented commercial organisation as a conscious commitment by you to support the Charitable, Religious and Educational works of the Catholic Church.The CDF is not subject to the provisions of the Corporation Act 2001 nor has it been
examined or approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Neither CDF nor the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are prudentially supervised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; contributions to
CDF do not obtain the benefit of the depositor protection provisions of the Banking Act 1959. CDF is designed for investors who wish to promote the charitable purposes of the Diocese. Last updated 25th July 2006.
Did you know?
FREECALL 1800 810 330 www.cdfmn.com.au
Cheques Internet banking
Your funds are guaranteed by Bishop William and the CDP
By supporting the CDF you are supporting the Bishop and
the works of the Church.
The Catholic Development Fund offers
Premium Saver Accounts Christmas Club Student Accounts Pensioner Club Accounts
Term Deposits Experienced, friendly staff can assist you over the phone
THE WORDS OF Columban priest Gary
Walker at the annual conference of the
Australasian Catholic Press Association
(ACPA) in Adelaide last month could be
applied to many people in history, some
of whom lost their lives for their honesty,
and in recent times, to whistleblowers the
On a smaller scale, it can also be true of
those who publish unpalatable truths and
demand change. Some of the 55 delegates
at the conference fit this category, telling
stories in their newspapers and magazines
that highlight good news and challenge
their communities to address injustice and
to be ever more inclusive.
Far from getting into serious trouble, some
of the delegates carried home awards
recognising their effectiveness. I am
delighted to report that Aurora was one
The two most prestigious awards received
by Aurora were "Most Improved Publication"
and "Best Regional Publication". This
year, Aurora has entered a brave new
world and the judges' comments
vindicate this decision: "This is a quality
magazine chasing general popularity
with its willingness to take on the hard
issues, even at the Church's expense,
while continuing to honour its diocesan
role. Their biggest challenge will be to
maintain the high standards of editorial
and picture content set by their first
new-look issues." The judging period was
April 2010-April 2011 and the judges are
independent communications professionals.
The judges of the "Best Regional
Publication" award wrote, "The mark of any
newspaper or magazine is to reflect the
community it represents, and none did this
better than Aurora."
Donna Mulhearn's "Just Stop Having
Babies" (April 2011) was awarded "Best
Social Justice Coverage"; "The article is
an engaging and accessible treatment of
a complex issue which has received scant
attention in the mainstream media: namely,
the potential long-term harmful effects on
human beings and the environment from
the use of depleted uranium weapons."
Aurora was also highly commended for the
Bishop Phillip Kennedy Memorial Prize, the
most prestigious award.
At the conference of the Australasian
Religious Press Association (ARPA) a few
days later, Aurora received two Bronze
awards: Best Regional Publication and Best
article applying faith to life, for Rebecca
Beisler's story of Loy Thompson (March
2010). The ARPA judging period was
January -- December 2010.
The conference is always an excellent
opportunity to learn from guest speakers,
from workshops and especially from each
other. Presenter Matt Deighton (Editor-in-
Chief, Messenger Newspapers) reminded
us of the importance of focusing on people,
something Aurora endeavours to do through
a local lens. After all, as Matt said, "Noah's
a better story than flood control."
By TRACEY EDSTEIN
"If you do the right thing and tell the truth,
you will get into serious trouble."
Editor Tracey Edstein with General
Peter Cosgrove, guest speaker at the
ACPA Awards Dinner.
Links Archive Aurora September 2011 Aurora November 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page