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

> 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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Former Governor General addresses soil issues (Oct 2014)

Former Governor General and current Advocate for Soil Health, Major-General the Honourable Michael Jeffrey AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) provided RMSA members and guests with quite a vivid outline of the state of Australia's soils at RMSA's 22nd October Luncheon Meeting.

As Chairman for the group "Soils for Life", Major-General Jeffery was in October 2013 appointed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Australia's first-ever Advocate for Soil Health.

In addition to the usual RMSA guests, the meeting was attended by six students from the Urrbrae Agricultural High School's agriculture program and teacher, Peter Smith.  Because of the high quality and interest of the students attending this function, Rural Media SA has decided to sponsor the attendance of Urrbrae students at all future RMSA events.

RMSA president Ian Doyle (left), member Grant Gartrell (3rd left - at back), and guest speaker Major-General the Honourable Michael Jeffery (4th right) are with Urrbrae students Adele Doecke, Maddie Mittermaier, Jacinda Holman, their teacher Peter Smith, Henry Crowell, Royce Pitchford and Rebecca Lewis.


Special guest speaker, Major-General the Honourable Michael Jeffery and RMSA president Ian Doyle at the RMSA October meeting.

2014 Young Rural and Regional Journalist Professional Development Award Recipient (Oct 2014)

Young Naracoorte journalist, Syke Hoklas has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Young Rural and Regional Journalist Professional Development Award.

A journalist with the Fairfax owned Naracoorte Herald since 2012, Skye is also currently completing the fourth year of a Bachelor of Journalism with an Associate Degree in Languages & Culture (Italian) at the University of South Australia.

Jointly sponsored by the RA&HS Education Foundation and RMSA, the award enabled Skye to spend two days of high level work experience with senior Advertiser journalists covering the recent Royal Adelaide Show.  The award also funded Skye's living expenses whilst away from home, in addition to providing funding to the Naracoorte Herald for the back-filling of the journalist position while Skye was absent.

The aim of the Young Rural and Regional Journalist Professional Development Award is to encourage young regionally based journalists to report on country shows, in addition to providing them with professional development through short term work placement with senior journalists from Channel 7, ABC Rural Radio, the Advertiser or the Stock Journal.

Skye’s choice to spend time reporting with highly experienced Advertiser journalists highlighted her long term commitment to the print media.

Another professional development opportunity for Skye was the opportunity to gain further experience in public speaking by addressing the hundred attendees at Rural Media South Australia’s 2014 Royal Show Breakfast meeting.

As part of her application for the award, Skye included a portfolio of her published articles featuring the 2013 country shows at Lucindale and Naracoorte, in addition to articles focused on local South East farmers who entered the 2013 Royal Adelaide Show.


RMSA President, Ian Doyle (left) and Skye Hoklas (right) at the presentation
of her Young Rural and Regional Journalist Professional Development award



RMSA Enters the Social Media Age (Oct 2014)

Rural Media South Australia has launched a program of engaging with its constituency through the social media mechanisms of Facebook and Twitter.

Why not give it a try yourself:

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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