The Good Oil, the e-newsletter published by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, received the Bishop Kennedy Award for Overall Excellence in a Catholic Publication at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Annual Awards Dinner last night.
Catholic media and communications professionals gathered in Bathurst this week for the association’s annual conference, culminating in Mass at the Cathedral with Bishop Michael McKenna, and the awards dinner.
The awards, which are held annually, recognise excellence in Catholic magazines, newspapers and digital publications across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
The Good Oil won the major prize, the Bishop Kennedy Award, as well as Best Electronic Publication. The NZ-based Marist Messenger was awarded Best Print Magazine, while Adelaide’s The Southern Cross won Best Newspaper.
The citation for The Good Oil read:
‘The Good Oil stood out not only among other on-line publication entries but also the print winners – as deserving as they were.
‘This publication is true to its mission of aiming to “nourish the spirit, stimulate thinking and encourage reflection and dialogue about contemporary issues from a Good Samaritan perspective”. It is a powerful voice for a forward-looking vision for the Church.
‘Not beholden to hierarchical constraints, it is forthright in its opinions and in the van of social justice campaigning. The site is well-designed, easy to navigate with a good array of news, features, opinion and reflection.’
Pictured: The Good Oil Editor Nichol Plumbe receives the Bishop Kennedy Award from Bishop Michael McKenna of Bathurst.