Upcoming meetings

Rural Media South Australia aims to provide a genuine focus for rural issues, combined with a forum for networking between the highest levels of agribusiness, government, media and rural producers.

Members and guests are encouraged to note the following dates in their diaries:

2014 Meetings

>Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Soils For Life
Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)
(Luncheon 12 noon for 12.30pm)
(Board Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

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> Friday 12 December 2014

2014 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards
(Luncheon 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members’ Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)


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2014 Rural Media Awards (Sept 2014)

Significant peer recognition and a total of $6,000 in prize money plus trophies is on the table in this year’s prestigious 2014 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards.

Individual awards will be given to the best journalists in print, radio, television and online media and new regional print and photojournalism awards with significant prize money is being offered for each category. Winners of the four specialist awards will then compete for the overall 2014 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Journalist of the Year Award, carrying an additional $750 in prize money.

Three separate awards will also be offered for photography, with individual prizes for portfolios of work relating to agricultural production, people, and nature and landscape. The winner of each category will receive $375. Winners of the three specialist awards will then compete for the major 2014 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Photographer of the Year Award, carrying $750 in prize money.

Once again, the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA Inc is also sponsoring awards for the Best Published Story ($500) about the 2014 Adelaide Show and the Best Photograph ($500) related to the 2014 Adelaide Show.

Winners from the competitions will represent South Australia in a series of national awards run by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), which selects finalists for the highly regarded international Star Prize.

The 2014 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards are for work published or broadcast between November 1 2013 and October 31 2014.

Further information & entry forms are available at www.ruralmediasa.com

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Local ABC story wins National ACAJ Radio Journalism Award (July 2014)

SA based ABC Country Hour reporter, Laura Poole has won the national radio category of the 2014 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.

Laura’s story, “Border tension over OJD” focused on how sheep producers were coping with the contentious regulations governing how the spread of sheep wasting disease, Ovine Johne’s Disease was being controlled.  The radio piece was the culmination of considerable research and consultation by Laura with primary producers, sheep bodies and state regulators about the newly introduced OJD rules.

A notable quote caught by Laura was South Australia might be half an hour behind Victoria, but sheep producers say they're years in front when it comes to managing Ovine Johne's Disease”.

The Rabobank Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting is run annually by the Australian Council for Agricultural Journalists, in association with Australia’s five dedicated rural media clubs.  Each state rural media club selects finalists to represent them in the competition.

This year the national judging panel comprised the executive producer of ABCTV Landline - Peter McCuthceon, The Courier Mail senior journalist and rural/regional reporter - John McCarthy and media manager with NSW Farmers - Veneta Chappel.

The three national winners for radio, television and online categories have now been entered into the international competition, with the winners to be announced at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Scotland next September.

Laura Poole’s winning radio entry, “Border tension over OJD” can be heard at the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-02/border-tension-over-ojd/4861008

This story formed part of the portfolio of radio journalism work that won Laura RMSA’s Telstra Rural Business Support Best Rural Journalist - Radio Award in December 2013.

With five years’ experience working for ABC Rural, Laura presented the South Australian Country Hour from Adelaide in 2012.  She then briefly returned to a position as the Western Victorian ABC Rural Reporter to be with her partner in Horsham, broadcasting to western Victoria and south east South Australia.

In September 2013, Laura was approached by ABC Rural to return to Adelaide in the capacity of SA Rural executive producer.

Laura Poole

SA Rural Journalist takes out nation’s top rural writing award (May 2014)

South Australian freelance rural journalist, Tom Dawkins has been awarded the nation’s top print award for rural journalism.

Tom has won the prestigious 2014 Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists’ ‘Star Prize for Rural Writing’, which includes a trip to Scotland later this year to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Congress.

His winning article titled, ‘Breeding Ground’ is a well crafted piece on the history and current progress of investment capital at Telopea Downs by the Qatar’s Hassad Food Company.

While plenty has been written about the Hassads purchase and plans for aggregation, Tom’s article published in R.M Williams Outback Magazine was described by the judging panel as ‘an authorative piece that left the reader in no doubt about the scale and ambition of the project.

Tom Dawkins’ story will now represent Australia in  a prestigious international competition run by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).

President of ACAJ, Tim Powell described the national entries this year as outstanding.  He said the judging panel was extremely impressed with the level of in-depth rural stories and in the end they saw Tom’s piece as a standout due the almost forensic detail obtained by the author in capturing not the just the magnitude of the project, but the technical detail that could only be produced by an accomplished writer.

Each year, RMSA submits the winning journalist and photographer entries from our state based Telstra & Rural Business Support Awards to be assessed in the national Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists’ “Star Awards”.  The winner is chosen from finalists nominated by State rural media organisations affiliated with the ACAJ and in some categories, the national winner receives professional development in the form of a trip overseas to attend the annual the IFAJ Congress.

Tom Dawkins
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SA Rural Journalist wins IFAJ "Young Leader" Award (May 2014)

South Australia-based staff writer with media company Coretext, Rebecca Jennings has been recognised internationally as a ‘Young Leader’ in agricultural journalism.

Rebecca became the successful Australian nomination for the 2014 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award, before being selected as one of 10 winners from around the world.  She will now join a select group of other young rural journalists in an intensive professional development program to be held in conjunction with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) annual congress in Scotland in September.

The Award was gained by Rebecca with a series of articles on how Australian grain growers are embracing emerging e-technology in their farm businesses.  These articles were published in Ground Cover, which Coretext produces for the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC).

As a three-part series, the stories explored the on-farm potential of e-technology through the experiences of grain growers around Australia.

Rather than simply ‘telling’ readers what apps and e-platforms they should or could be using, this series shared first-hand experiences and took Ground Cover’s audience into paddocks across the nation to show how mobile technology can impact productivity and profitability.

The features looked at farm business apps, social media tools, and how innovative technologies can overcome farm challenges such as frost management, isolation, and knowledge management.

Rebecca is a passionate advocate of agriculture and rural communities, having been raised on a commercial beef property in Queensland.  Today she lives with her husband Dave on a cropping and sheep farm in South Australia.  Rebecca has Bachelor degrees in Journalism and Arts (majoring in politics and history), and is currently completing a Masters of Agribusiness.

Prior to joining Coretext as a specialist writer, Rebecca’s previous roles included: Livestock Editor for Queensland Country Life; Media Manager at AgForce Queensland; and Communication Advisor for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Adelaide.

Rebecca was a committee member with the Rural Press Club of Queensland and is currently on the executive committee of the Rural Press Club of Victoria; further demonstrating her commitment to agricultural journalism and rural Australia.

Rebecca Jennings

Book presentation at RMSA Luncheon commemorates historic link (April 2014)

A presentation made at the recent Rural Media SA luncheon commemorated the historic link between the RA&HS and Roseworthy Agricultural College.

A leather bound collectors’ edition of the RA&HS 175th Anniversary History Book, “Sharing the Good Earth; 175 Years of Influence and Vision” by noted author, Rob Linn was presented by the Roseworthy Old Collegians Association to the University of Adelaide.

President of the Roseworthy Old Collegians Association, David Spencer and RA&HS President, Richard Fewster jointly presented the book to Adelaide University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Russell AM.

Institutions such as Roseworthy Agricultural College and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens owe their existence to the persistence and early foresight of the RA&HS during the 1800’s.  Since that time, the Society has provided ongoing scholarship support to Roseworthy students and agricultural endeavour in other areas.

Recently, the RA&HS Education Foundation has linked up with RMSA to establish the Young Rural & Regional Journalist Professional Development Award for young regionally based rural journalists.

Roseworthy Old Collegians Association President, David Spencer; RA&HS President, Richard Fewster; Adelaide University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Russell AM

Book author, Rob Linn with RMSA President, Ian Doyle

Sharing the Good Earth; 175 Years of Influence and Vision” author, Rob Linn