Luncheon Meeting Thursday 11th April, 2013
What is the role of the media in shaping public policy and opinion on issues vital to the survival of Australia’s rural industries? Was it legitimate for an ABC Four Corners program to reset the public agenda in relation to the export of live cattle from this country?
2012 Telstra Rural Media Award Winners Announced
ABC journalist, Michael Sexton, and The Advertiser photographer, Tait Schmaal, have taken home the major prizes at the 2012 Telstra Rural Media Awards today.
Michael Sexton came through from the television section of the journalism awards and in a long and distinguished career, this is his first major Rural Media South Australia (RMSA) Telstra award.
Food shortage investigation sends Staight to the top
An investigative report into Australia’s role in the global food shortage has won a South Australian television journalist international recognition.
ABC Landline’s Kerry Staight has won two significant awards at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Sweden.
Staight’s story “The Future of Food” has won her the IFAJ-YARA Award for Sustainable Agriculture Reporting.
The report also won the television category of the IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcasting.
Mentoring Award for Country Journalists
An initiative designed to foster excellence in regional journalism has been announced by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society (RA&HS) & Rural Media South Australia (RMSA).
Jointly funded by the two organisations and supported by media mentor partners the Stock Journal, Channel Seven, ABC Rural and The Advertiser, the award encourages greater reporting on SA Country Shows and aims to elevate the importance of regional communities and rural issues for all South Australians.
The winner will be mentored while compiling stories about locals competing at the Royal Adelaide Show for publication/broadcast by their regional media employer. They will receive $1,000.00 to cover expenses and a tailored two-day education program during the 2013 Royal Adelaide Show.
2012 / 2013 RMSA Committee
(L-R) IFAJ Aust Rep and RMSA VP Leigh Radford (ABC Rural), Deanna Lush (Rural Press), President and Life Member Ian Doyle, Karen Holthouse (RA&HS), Secretary / Treasurer and Life Member Bob Snewin, interMEDIA editor and Life Member Dale Manson and ACAJ SA Delegate Ian Turner (Superior Selections). Absent Kay Matthias (Rural Financial Counselling Service SA Inc).
Rural Media Awards Announced
South Australia’s rural journalists and photographers were recognised today with the
announcement of the Telstra Rural Media Awards.
ABC journalist Kerry Staight and Advertiser photographer Tricia Watkinson were this
year’s Telstra Rural Journalist and Photographer of the Year award winners.
Prize money and trophies exceeding $5,000 were presented to the category and
overall award winners by Mark Bolton, Area General Manager, Telstra.
SA finalists celebrated in prestigious
national rural broadcasting award
Three local journalists are in the running to win the Rabobank Australian Star Prize for
Rural Broadcasting and represent Australia in a prestigious international competition for
excellence in reporting on issues related to agriculture.
South Australian finalists in the Australian competition were celebrated today in Adelaide
at a gathering of Rural Media South Australia, the State’s press club for people interested
in rural issues.
Fire photo a national winner for Mark
Two South Australians have been honoured in a prestigious national award program celebrating rural Australia, announced in Sydney today.
The Advertiser’s Mark Brake has won the category for nature and landscape photography in the Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography, and will now represent Australia in a major international competition. Tait Schmaal, from the same newspaper, was awarded a highly commended in the category for photos relating to farm production.
The prestigious award is organized by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), the umbrella body for Australia’s five rural press clubs, including Rural Media South Australia (RMSA).
RMSA member wins international award
In a major coup for Australian rural broadcasting, local journalist Kerry Staight from ABC Landline has won the inaugural IFAJ Star Prize for Agricultural Broadcasting, announced this week in Belgium.
Her international success against finalists from five continents was celebrated on Friday at a Rural Media South Australia lunch featuring Kerry O'Brien, from the ABC's 7.30 Report.
Rabobank State manager James Robinson was also on hand to present her with a certificate commemorating her win in the television category of the Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting, sponsored by Rabobank. He presented an encouragement award to RMSA president Ian Doyle who contested the national online video category.
Kerry Staight was named overall winner at the international level after taking out the television category of the IFAJ awards with a story about succession planning on family farms.
Former South Australian ABC rural reporter, Sarina Locke, now based in Canberra, won the radio category with a documentary about her visit to West Timor, following in the footsteps of her mother who worked there 15 years ago on an Australian-funded program to control exotic animal diseases.
The winning entries are available online at www.acaj.org.au
More details about the awards are available at www.ifaj.org