Archdiocese of Perth publications The eRecord and The Record Magazine were awarded the 2017 Gutenberg Award at the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) Annual Conference and Awards Night, held in Auckland last weekend.
The ARPA Conference was attended by some 30 journalists and communications professionals of Christian publications across Australia and New Zealand. It followed the Australasian Catholic Press Association Conference, which was attended by 40 fellow journalists and communications professionals from Catholic dioceses and publications.
In his citation of the 2017 Gutenberg Award, the ARPA Awards' highest honour, ARPA President Peter Bentley said the publications combine to provide the Archdiocese with a diverse and helpful way of communicating to members today.
“The Record Magazine is a high-quality print production, combining a good range of articles, excellent use of high quality photos, and accessible design, especially in the use of colour with the text, avoiding the too-often trend to use colour that can look startling or intriguing on screen, but in print is too often unreadable,” Mr Bentley said.
“Contemporary issues are addressed through a focus on a topic through series of articles, news and interviews, along with church news, world affairs, and historical links. The magazine is also available online,” he said.
“I believe The Record Magazine illustrates that print still has a distinct place to offer in this increasingly convergent media world. There is a place for a high-quality coffee-table type digest that can be taken away and consumed at different times and in different places.
The eRecord, continued Mr Bentley, provides an email based link to the church news, again combining excellent photos, and accessible and readable design, with links to social media providing a comprehensive communication package."
In receiving the awards, Perth Archdiocese Communications Manager and The Record editor Jamie O’Brien thanked his staff and colleagues, past and present, for their team spirit, dedication and enthusiasm to work for the Church.
“Our gratitude is to Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Bishop Don and particularly Vicar General and Vicar for Effective Communications, the Very Rev Fr Peter Whitely VG, for their patience and guidance,” O’Brien said.
“We are excited to continue to work passionately for the sake of announcing the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ,” he said.