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Record recognised with ARPA awards


Designer Theodora Pau’u, Adventist News Online editor Jarrod Stackelroth and Mums At the Table editor Melody Tan with the awards.

Adventist Media has been recognised at the annual Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards, winning four awards across two publications.

ARPA held this year’s conference in Brisbane, Australia, on the second weekend in September. The awards were announced during Saturday night’s formal awards dinner.

Adventist News Online received two silver awards and one bronze award. The silver awards were for Best Original Illustration for the cover “Being Adventist in a Post-Truth World” (January 28, 2017) and Best News Story for Sonja Kama’s report “Young Adventist honoured for fighting gender-based violence” (April 29, 2017).

The bronze award for Best Editorial was awarded to Adventist News Online senior editor Jarrod Stackelroth for his work: “Standing in the gap against mental illness” (April 29, 2017).

“It was fantastic to win these awards,” said Mr Stackelroth, who attended the conference. “It really speaks to the dedication and hard work of all our staff on our magazines.”

Mums At the Table won a bronze award in the Best Magazine Cover category for its September 2017 “Dad issue” cover—the first-ever issue of the magazine.

“It was encouraging to have our very first issue recognised,” said editor Melody Tan. “Hopefully this means we’re on the right track as we continue to speak to mums and support them with a warm and loving community.”

“Apart from the affirmation received from these awards, it was also nice to share with colleagues in a Christian media space,” Mr Stackelroth said. “We share many of the same struggles, including the transition to digitisation, small teams, limited funds and the challenges of news gathering over broad regions.”

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