All good things must come to an end, they say, and so it proved on Saturday – the third and final day of General Synod 2018 – when n:Vision’s domination of the Synod Communications Competition’s Diocesan Magazine category came to an end.
The Diocese of Derry and Raphoe publication, which is edited by Rev Katie McAteer, had won its category for as long as most delegates could remember. Success went instead to Meath and Kildare’s magazine, Aspire, which had often been the bridesmaid in this category. n:Vision was named runner-up on this occasion.
The judges said n:Vision was "a well-presented publication with a clear layout via the content page. Each article is clearly labelled along the magazine's streamline to inspire, encourage and support, making it a publication keen to help readers." n:Vision was urged to "keep up the good work". Its rival, Aspire, stood out for the judges, who described it as "an excellent publication". The judges said it was "well laid out and designed to make it attractive to flick through as well as read in detail". It had "good quality content including helpful articles (e.g. on data protect) as well as news from parishes, not forgetting young people and articles on faith which inspire and encourage."
There was good news for Derry and Raphoe in the Parish Magazine category, where Dungiven and Bovevagh’s monthly, Alive Today, was highly commended. It’s edited by Leckpatrick and Dunnalong parishioner, Kaye Nesbitt, who collected the prize along with Bovevagh’s Synod delegate, David Wilson. Alive Today was praised for being "neatly laid out with information on local events as well as topical issues. The section for children makes it a family read, with guidance on prayers."