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2015 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Award Winners Announced (Dec 2015)
From a large number of outstanding entries, ABC journalist Prue Adams and News Limited photographer Matt Turner have taken home the major prizes at the 20th anniversary 2015 Telstra & Rural Business Support Media Awards announced at the Adelaide Showground.
Prue Adams came through the adjudication process after clearly winning the television section. This is her third major Rural Media South Australia (RMSA) journalism title, previously winning in 1997 and 2008. She has worked on the ABC Landline program for 20 years, matching the time span of these awards.
Prue delivered a pre-recorded acceptance speech. She was overseas and unable to attend the function.
Matt Turner has been a winner of several of the sectional awards in past years, but this is his first Telstra & Rural Business Support Photographer of the Year Award. He won the ‘People’ section of the Awards and his overall photo portfolio this year was exceptional.
Richard Fewster Inducted as Rural Media Icon (Nov 2015)
Fifty year veteran of rural media, Richard Fewster recently received the very rare honour of being inducted as a Rural Media Icon.
RMSA President, Ian Doyle; Rural Media Icon, Richard Fewster; RMSA Vice-President, Dale Manson
Jacinta Rose awarded RMSA Fellowship to IFAJ Pre-Congress Tour (Oct 2015)
Young Stock Journal rural journalist, Jacinta Rose has been awarded Rural Media SA’s Fellowship to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ (IFAJ) Pre-Congress Tour in Cairns.
Themed “Hot Tropics 2015 - Farming Australia's Far North” and jointly organised by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) and the Queensland Rural Press Club, the IFAJ Pre-Congress Tour spanned from 8th-12th October 2015 in Cairns and Sydney.
Although the RMSA Fellowship provided Jacinta with the $1,300 registration fee, she was expected to fund her own travel to Cairns and back from Sydney. This mix of funding was quite intentional, as RMSA believed Fellowship recipients develop a greater level of personal commitment when they have a personal financial stake in an initiative.
Jacinta was born on a sheep and cropping farm at Narrabri in NSW where she developed a genuine love of farming from an early age. Her family then moved to a mixed farming property at Wynarka, near Karoonda. It was here that the experience of living in the SA Murray Mallee further ignited Jacinta’s passion for agriculture.
While completing a double degree in Journalism and International Studies at the University of South Australia, Jacinta worked as a casual reporter for the Mount Barker Courier and the Stock Journal. After graduating, she commenced full time work with Fairfax Agricultural Media, primarily focusing on the Stock Journal.
Her attendance at the IFAJ Pre-Congress Tour offered a chance to experience one of the world’s most advanced tropical agriculture regions set in a renowned tourist playground. Jacinta was able to see first-hand how a major commercial agriculture sector not only coexists, but thrives in a pristine natural environment, from tropical rainforest jungle to the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
The Pre-Conference Tour spent the initial three days in far north Queensland, then moved to Sydney for two nights. From there, many of the registrants took an onward flight to Auckland in New Zealand to join the IFAJ World Congress.
RMSA Show Breakfast guests watching RMSA President & Rural Media Icon, Ian Doyle interview the recipient of RMSA's Fellowship to the ACAJ/IFAJ Pre-Conference Tour in Cairns, the Stock Journal's Jacinta Rose
2015 Young Rural & Regional Journalist Professional Development Award Recipient Announced (Oct 2015)
Ceduna based editor of the West Coast Sentinel, Vanessa Binks has been announced as the recipient of the “2015 Young Rural & Regional Journalist Professional Development Award.”
The award provided Vanessa with the unique opportunity of experiencing a two-day tailored education program involving metropolitan media experiences of her choice related to the Royal Adelaide Show.
An initiative of the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation of SA and Rural Media South Australia (RMSA), the award was supported by media mentor partners Stock Journal, ABC Rural, Channel Seven and Advertiser. Initiated three years ago, the award’s focus was to foster high professional standards and provide professional development opportunities for young regionally-based journalists
Vanessa chose to spend her time at the 2015 Royal Adelaide Show gaining valuable media experience with ABC Rural Radio. In addition to the opportunity to experience high intensity rural media activity, the award also provided Vanessa with $1,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs, while her employer received $500 to fund someone to fill Vanessa’s role during her absence from the workplace.
RMSA President & Rural Media Icon, Ian Doyle; recipient of the RA&HS/RMSA Fellowship, West Coast Sentinel editor, Vanessa Binks; RA&HS President, Richard Fewster
2015 Rural Media Awards – entries close November 1 (Sept 2015)
Significant peer recognition and a total of $6,000 in prize money plus trophies is on the table in this year’s prestigious 2015 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards. The Awards were launched by Chris Marks (Telstra) and Brett Smith (RBS) at the recent Rural Media SA Royal Show Breakfast.
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 2015 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Journalist of the Year Award, carrying an additional $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 2015 Adelaide Show and the Best Photograph ($500) related to the 2015 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 2015 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards are for work published or broadcast between November 1 2014 and October 31 2015.
Enquiries about the journalism award should be directed to Dale Manson 0418 811 233. Enquiries about the photography awards should be directed to Deanna Lush 0419 783 436.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016
"Funding Rural Australia"
"The impact of falling interest rates"
Speaker: Alexandra Gartmann, CEO & MD Rural Bank
(Lunch 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Board Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)
Thursday 8 September 2016
2016 RMSA Royal Show Breakfast
Speaker: Darren Thomas, CEO Thomas Foods International
(Breakfast 7.00 am for 7.30 am)
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2016 SA Rural Media Awards
(Luncheon 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm)
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