Connor fares well in Communications Competition

Tuesday May 15th 2012

Canon Sam Wright, Lisburn Cathedral, is presented with the Parish Website first prize by the Archbishop of Armagh.Connor Diocese did itself proud in the annual Central Communications Board Communications Competition.

Winners for the best newsletters/magazines, websites and innovative use of social media by parishes, dioceses and church organisations are announced every year at the Church of Ireland General Synod.

Connor winners were: Connor Connections in the Diocesan Magazine category; Connor Mothers’ Union for its In Touch magazine in the ‘Other’ Organisations Printed Publications category; and Lisburn Cathedral in the Parish Website category.

The Good Book Shop, based in Church of Ireland House, Belfast, was runner up for the most innovative use of ‘social media’ over and beyond websites.

The results were announced on Saturday May 12 by the Archbishop of Armagh. The competition was run by the Church of Ireland Press Office but externally and professionally judged.

There was praise to all the entrants for their efforts in communicating within their own contexts in each category, with clear evidence of communication work of a very high standard across the island. Constructive feedback is available for all entrants – please get in touch with the Church of Ireland’s Press Officer, Paul Harron.

Citations on the winning Connor entries were as follows:

• Connor Diocese’s Connor Connections
This is designed and produced to an excellent standard with a very good use of pictures and well written articles. The cover is effective – cleanly designed with a strong title and clear and striking cover image. Most importantly, the magazine is very much centred on the people of the diocese, capturing a sense of a ‘diocesan family’. Overall, it has been very well edited and enjoys strong headlines and interesting stories and features.

• In Touch with Connor Diocese Mothers’ Union
This magazine sustains its strong position, doing just what it should. It packs a lot of information in, uses all the space fully and imaginatively and is clearly produced by people who have an eye for a story. It is a zesty and enthusiastic publication in which text and images relate exceptionally well.

• Lisburn Cathedral
This website ( impressed both visually and in its content which was up–to–date and with clear staff and vestry information. The menu stays helpfully on the screen for ease of use and there are regular blog postings and podcasts. The front page is clean, strong and colourful without being overly busy.

• The Good Book Shop, Belfast
Here is a church–connected business which is making commendable efforts to build up a community of book–buyers in a challenging market. The link–up between website, facebook and twitter is well done and savvy.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Parish Magazines/Newsletters
Winner: Shankill Parish, Lurgan – ‘FOCUS’
Runner Up: Celbridge & Straffan with Newcastle–Lyons: ‘CSNL News’

Diocesan Magazines
Winner: Connor Connections (Connor)
Runner Up: N:Vision (Derry & Raphoe)

Other Organisations Magazines
Winner: In Touch with Connor Mothers’ Union
Runner Up: CMS In Mission

Parish Websites
Winner: Lisburn Cathedral (Connor)
Runner Up: Holywood Parish (Down & Dromore)
Highly Commended: Willowfield Parish (Down & Dromore)

Diocesan Websites
First Place: Down & Dromore
Runner Up: Dublin & Glendalough

Other Organisations Websites
Joint First: Down & Dromore Youth
Joint First: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Highly Commended: St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

Social Media
Winner: The Dock, Titanic Quarter
Runner Up: The Good Book Shop, Belfast
Highly Commended: Holy Trinity, Rathmines, Dublin

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