Sydney Catholic Schools wins education media award

The Sydney Catholic Schools Media and Communications Team has won the Australian College of Educators (ACE) NSW 2017 Media and Communications Award.

The award, announced on Friday at the ACE NSW Annual Awards dinner in Sydney, was for consistent and in-depth coverage of educational issues in SCS’ official magazine About Catholic Schools, in print for more than 40 years.

It recognised the team’s excellence in reporting comprehensive educational issues related to Sydney’s Catholic school system.

“There is no other premier publication in the Catholic school system across Australia which matches its purpose, quality of writing and reporting, photography, design, readership and longevity,” said Dr Phil Lambert, ACE NSW President in announcing the award.

“From fair and balanced reports about topical issues like school funding, enrolments and performance in literacy, numeracy and the HSC; to more in-depth feature analysis of issues like vocational education, transition to school and post-school, student wellbeing and the landmark learning programs of Arrowsmith and the Newman Selective Gifted Education program… the Media and Communications team is a most worthy recipient of the ACE NSW Social Media Award.

“The mark of any magazine is to reflect the community it represents and About Catholic Schools is not afraid to step outside of its main PR activities and report on the confronting and important issues relevant to parents, not always the publisher, Sydney Catholic Schools,” he added.

Accepting the award, About Catholic Schools Editor and team leader Bernadette Bain, said that the award was a credit to her creative, talented and hard-working team.

“To be recognised for this award is very encouraging considering the standard is high every year,” she said.

Previous recipients of this award have included Education Fairfax reporters Jewel Topsfield, Anna Patty and Alex Smith, as well as former ABC Managing Director Mark Scott.

Award recipients were granted fellowships to the organisation and included academics, Principals and other education industry professionals.

The SCS Media and Communications Team have now won 20 awards in the last eight years including for:

• Best Feature – Arrowsmith (2015)
• Best News Story – Interfaith Peace (2015),
• Best Interfaith/Ecumenical article (2015),
• Best Media Campaign – Stop the Funding Cuts (2013),
• Best Front Cover (2013); and
• Best Example of Education Coverage (2015) at the Australian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards for Excellence.

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