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:

2015 Meetings

> Wednesday 25 February 2015

Barley & Brewing - Directions for brewers and growers in SA
Dr Tim Cooper AM, Managing Director Coopers Brewery
Dr Doug Stewart, Quality Manager, Coopers Brewery
(Luncheon 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members’ Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Thursday 10 September 2015

2015 Royal Show Breakfast
(Breakfast 7.00 am for 7.30 am)
(Members’ Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Friday 11 December 2015

2015 SA Rural Media Awards
(Luncheon 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members’ Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

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2014 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Award Winners (Dec 2014)

From record entries, ABC journalist Kerry Staight and The Advertiser photographer Tait Schmaal have won the major prizes at the 2014 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards. The Awards, attended by 120 people were presented at a Rural Media SA (RMSA) luncheon at the Adelaide Showground.

Kerry Staight came through from the hotly contested and high standard television section to win her second major RMSA journalism award, previously winning in 2011 when she then went on to win national and international awards.

Tait Schmaal is no stranger to the photography award winners circle, securing his fifth Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Photographer of the Year Award in the last 9 years. He continues to set extremely high standards for others to follow.

>> Click here for full 2014 results & winner write-ups
>> Click here for a listing of results over the past 19 years

Michael McGlashan (Telstra); 2014 Rural Journalist of the Year, Kerry Staight; 2014 Rural Photographer of the Year, Tait Schmaal; Kay Matthias (Rural Business Support); Chair of Rural Journalist Award Judging Panel, Dale Manson; Chair of Rural Photographer Award Judging Panel, Deanna Lush; RMSA President, Ian Doyle.

ACAJ criticises cuts to ABC (Nov 2014)

Rural Media South Australia is a member of the peak national body representing rural and regional journalists across Australia - the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ).

ACAJ is saddened and disappointed that rural and regional Australia appears to have been disproportionately hit hardest by cutbacks at the ABC - one of the country's most trusted and respected news organisations.

Recent news of the proposed closure of regional offices, RN's daily Bush Telegraph and weekly state-based TV current affairs programmes the ACAJ believes will have an immediate and detrimental effect on the coverage of important issues outside our major cities .

Cost-pressures on the ABC's News Division have already restricted the access to and reporting of these stories at a time when there have also been drastic cutbacks affecting the rural and regional media more generally.

The ACAJ urges Mark Scott and the ABC Management as well as the Federal Government not to overlook the important role rural and regional journalists play in supporting remote and regional communities.  To cut these services is another blow to rural Australia.


Barley & Brewing - First RMSA Meeting of 2015 (Nov 2014)

Dr Tim Cooper AM, Managing Director & Chief Brewer, Coopers Brewery

The first RMSA Meeting of 2015 is programmed as a luncheon on Wednesday 25th February, featuring Managing Director of Coopers Brewery, Dr Tim Cooper AM and Quality Manager at Coopers Brewery, Dr Doug Stewart.

The focus of the meeting will be on where South Australian barley growers need to devote their future energies, largely determined  by where the State's brewing industry feels it is heading. Will changing trends in beer consumption affect the type of barley growers will need to deliver?  How can barley growers receive better intelligence from end users without necessarily locking themselves in, or maybe it would be better to lock into a price and specific end use purchaser prior to the first  barley seed of the season being put into the ground?

Dr Doug Stewart, Quality Manager, Coopers Brewery

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

>> Download a transcript of Major-General Jeffery's address 


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