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2016 Young Rural & Regional Journalist Professional Development Award Recipient (Sept 2016)

Recipient of the 2016 Young Rural & Regional Journalist Professional Development Award was Loxton based journalist Stephanie Thompson, a senior journalist with the Taylor Group’s Loxton News.

Convened by Rural Media SA and the RA&HS Education Foundation, the award provided Stephanie with a unique opportunity to undertake two days of professional development partnering ABC Radio Rural Department reporters at the 2016 Royal Adelaide Show.

RMSA President, Ian Doyle; Award recipient, Stephanie Thompson; RA&HS President, Rob Hunt; ABC Rural’s Deb O’Callaghan    

Stephanie’s employer, Managing Director of the Taylor family’s Murray Pioneer Group, Ben Taylor said his company was very pleased that one of its regionally based journalists could access this professional development opportunity.  He was confident that her exposure to the broader media world was of great benefit to Stephanie’s substantive role at the Loxton News.

Although employed as a journalist at the Loxton News, Stephanie had been acting in the role of editor for some time due to that paper’s usual editor being temporarily seconded to higher duties at one of the Taylor Group’s other regional newspapers.

In addressing the RMSA Royal Show Breakfast, Stephanie admitted the two day professional development opportunity held a few surprises for her.  In particular, working beside the ABC Radio rural team involved abiding by strict program deadlines on a daily, or even hourly basis.  This compared with her past experience of having a single deadline each week while working for the regional print publication.

Stephanie was the fourth recipient of the Young Rural & Regional Journalist Professional Development Award.  Recipients were offered the choice of partnering experienced journalists from either the Stock Journal, Channel 7 television, the Advertiser or ABC Rural Radio.  As part of the award, the recipients were also provided with a bursary to cover costs associated with accommodation and travel to Adelaide.  The regional employer was also provided with funds to engage someone to undertake the duties of the young journalist while they were away receiving professional development at the Royal Adelaide Show.

Award recipient, Stephanie Thompson & RMSA President, Ian Doyle enjoying a joke during her address to the Show Breakfast


2016 Rural Media Awards – entries now open (Sept 2016)

Significant peer recognition and a total of $6,000 in prize money plus trophies is on the table in this year’s prestigious 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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 2016 Adelaide Show and the Best Photograph ($500) related to the 2016 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 2016 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards are for work published or broadcast between November 1 2015 and October 31 2016.


2015/2016 RMSA President’s Report (Aug 2016)

Extracts from Ian Doyle’s 2015/2016 RMSA President’s Report
Presented to 2016 RMSA AGM

When I think of 2015/2016, I think of fewer and better - fewer meetings and bigger and better audiences.  I think generally we achieved our aim of providing quality speakers to talk about relevant and current topics of interest to our Members and Corporate supporters.

I've always been of the opinion we need to ensure the cost of attending our functions is reasonable for Members and guests.  Importantly, the reason for attending RMSA functions is because our guests want to hear what the speakers have to say.  We seriously appreciate the support offered by the RA&HS though the provision of quality venues, fine wines for the tables and subsidised Showground parking for our guests.

Most of our speakers have been women.  All have been entertaining, informative and engaging.  The ABC's Fiona Reynolds, Senator Anne Ruston, the CWA's 'pocket rocket' Linda Bertram and Rural Bank's Alexandra Gartmann were memorable.

It was a great honour to formally bestow the status of Rural Media Icon on Richard Fewster during the year.  The recognition of Richard in this manner was highly justified and well overdue.

The annual ‘Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards’ continue to be a highlight for RMSA in terms of effort and outcome for the organisation, South Australia's rural journalists and the state’s rural photographers.  This Awards program would not be possible without the support provided by Telstra and Rural Business Support, in addition to the assistance provided by PIRSA, FULLER, SA Horticulture Coalition, AgCommunicators and Superior Selections.

We have had increasing and greatly appreciated Corporate support over the past couple of years, co-ordinated through the very good efforts of Committee member, Karen Holthouse.  Corporate membership ensures greater attendance at meetings and as we are all aware, the same effort is required to stage a meeting for fifty attendees as it does for one hundred.

Our current Corporate Members are Grain Producers SA, Wine Grape Council of SA, Mack's Advisory, Piper Alderman, Fulcrum deCerno, Winemakers' Federation of Australia and Colliers International.  Their interest and support is greatly appreciated.

It would be remiss of me not to publicly recognise the sustained contribution made over many years by our retiring honorary auditor, Peter Frazer.  Peter has contributed not only to RMSA, but also to the people of regional South Australia over a working lifetime.

National and international success of our rural journalists and photographers continues to inspire and amaze me.  The 'Three Photography Amigos' at The Advertiser – Dean Martin, Mark Brake and Matt Turner took all before them in the national Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists’ ‘Star Prize Awards’.  They earned the right to represent SA in those awards after initially winning their respective photographic award categories in our own ‘Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards’.

ABC Landline's Prue Adams stole the international spotlight in Germany recently by deservedly being announced as the Best Rural Broadcast Journalist in the world for her outstanding Q Fever television story, ‘The Quiet Curse’.  Once again, this journey for Prue to international recognition started with the RMSA ‘Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards’ and the ACAJ national ‘Star Prize Awards’.


Prue Adams named Best Rural Broadcast Journalist in the World by IFAJ (July 2016)

RMSA member and SA reporter for ABC Television’s Landline program, Prue Adams has blitzed the competition internationally by being named the Best Rural Broadcast Journalist in the World by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists at its conference in Bonn, Germany.

Prue’s winning story, “The Quiet Curse” had previously won best broadcast story awards in South Australia and nationally.  She was on hand in Bonn to receive the Award.

The story was a powerful and at times poignant examination of the debilitating illness, Q Fever.  It focused on the dedicated medical practitioners and researchers who developed a simple vaccine to protect rural workers & peri-urban hobby farmers alike.

RMSA congratulates Prue Adams on her remarkable achievement.

Also in Bonn, Advertiser photographer Matt Turner was awarded a Distinguished Recognition commendation in the People Category for his photo of a Kidman jackeroo and horse.  This photo was originally published in an Advertiser SA Weekend feature to accompany Nigel Austin’s article on the sale of the Sir Sidney Kidman cattle empire.

IFAJ Secretary, Riitta Mustonen (left) and Prue Adams in Bonn, Germany.  Prue is holding the certificate commemorating the IFAJ awarding her the status of Best Rural Broadcast Journalist in the World.


Prue Adams takes out National Broadcast Award (June 2016)

SA based ABC Landline senior reporter, Prue Adams has taken out the major prize in the 2016 Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists' (ACAJ) Star Prize Awards for Excellence in Rural Broadcasting.

Prue Adams won the Rabobank Star Prize for Excellence in Rural Broadcasting for her Landline story The Quiet Curse. (Click story title to view video). This broadcast story will now represent Australia at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists' (IFAJ) Awards to be announced at its next congress in Bonn, Germany in July.

ACAJ President, Genevieve McAulay described Prue Adams' winning Broadcasting entry on Q-Fever as a ‘tour-de-force’.

"It was a powerful and at times poignant examination of a debilitating illness, the dedicated medical practitioners and researchers who developed a simple vaccine to protect rural workers & peri-urban hobby farmers alike who are exposed to livestock,” she said.  Ms McAulay said this standout report was not only a great credit to the individual reporter herself, but also to the ABC for continuing its support of outstanding, in-depth reporting at a time of great change and challenge in Australia's rural media landscape .

Prue Adams' prize for being assessed as Australia's best rural broadcast reporter will be flights, accommodation and registration (valued at $6000) to the international awards ceremony in Bonn, Germany.

RMSA Vice President, Dale Manson; ABC Landline's winning broadcast journalist, Prue Adams; Award sponsor, Rabobank's SA State Manager, James Robinson

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:

2016 Meetings

Friday 9 December 2016

2016 Telstra and Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards
RMSA Christmas Function

(Luncheon 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)