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

>Thursday 1st May 2014

Panel of "Primary Producers SA" Commodity Chairs
Garry Hansen - President, Grain Producers SA
Trevor Ranford - Chair, Horticultural Coalition SA
Simon Berry - Chairman, Wine Grape Council of SA
Richard Halliday - President, Livestock SA

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

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>Wednesday 9th July 2014

US Rancher, broadcaster & Agvocate for the Lamb Industry
Trent Loos

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

>Wednesday 22nd July 2014

RMSA Annual General Meeting
6.00pm  (light refreshments provided courtesy of RMSA)
(Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

>Thursday 11th September 2014

RMSA Royal Adelaide Show Breakfast
Hon Leon Bignell MP (SA Minister of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries)
(Breakfast 7.00am for 7.30am)
(Members’ Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

> 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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Book presentation at RMSA Luncheon commemorates historic link (April 2014)

A presentation made at the recent Rural Media SA luncheon commemorated the historic link between the RA&HS and Roseworthy Agricultural College.

A leather bound collectors’ edition of the RA&HS 175th Anniversary History Book, “Sharing the Good Earth; 175 Years of Influence and Vision” by noted author, Rob Linn was presented by the Roseworthy Old Collegians Association to the University of Adelaide.

President of the Roseworthy Old Collegians Association, David Spencer and RA&HS President, Richard Fewster jointly presented the book to Adelaide University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Russell AM.

Institutions such as Roseworthy Agricultural College and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens owe their existence to the persistence and early foresight of the RA&HS during the 1800’s.  Since that time, the Society has provided ongoing scholarship support to Roseworthy students and agricultural endeavour in other areas.

Recently, the RA&HS Education Foundation has linked up with RMSA to establish the Young Rural & Regional Journalist Professional Development Award for young regionally based rural journalists.

Roseworthy Old Collegians Association President, David Spencer; RA&HS President, Richard Fewster; Adelaide University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Russell AM

Book author, Rob Linn with RMSA President, Ian Doyle

Sharing the Good Earth; 175 Years of Influence and Vision” author, Rob Linn


2013 Rural Journalist and Rural Photographer of the Year announced (Dec 2013)

The 2013 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Award winners have been announced.

ABC journalist Leah MacLennan, and The Advertiser photographer Mark Brake, have taken home the major prizes at the 2013 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards.

Leah MacLennan came through from the hotly contested and high standard television section to win her first major Rural Media South Australia (RMSA) journalism award.

Mark Brake secured his second major RMSA photography award, having previously won 10 years ago in 2003, and being highly commended on a regular basis since then.



RMSA President, Ian Doyle; Telstra Area General Manager, Michael McGlashan; Drew Radford collecting award for 2013 Rural Media Journalist of the Year, Leah MacLennan, ABC Television; Chair of Journalism Judging Panel, Dale Manson

RMSA President, Ian Doyle; Rural Business Support's, Kay Matthias; Rural Photographer of the Year, Mark Brake; Rural Photographer Judging Panel Chair, Deanna Lush

RMSA Member to take up distinguished role in N.T. (Dec 2013)

Rural Media SA member, Professor Simon Maddocks is about to take up the prestigious role of Vice Chancellor of Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.

Currently Director of Science Partnerships at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Professor Maddocks is also a member of the University of Adelaide Governing Council and the Menzies School of Health Research.

Charles Darwin University currently has 30,000 enrolled students, around 10,000 more than the University of Adelaide.  Professor Maddocks will be responsible for the delivery of the University's education and training to 170 sites across Northern Territory.

Professor Maddocks holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Adelaide.  A trained specialist in animal reproductive physiology and immunology, Professor Maddocks has also served as Principal of Roseworthy Residential College.

Professor Simon Maddocks

Rotary Student Journalist Prize (Nov 2013)

UniSA’s emerging journalists and communications students are being encouraged to write or produce news stories about Rotary District 9500 and District 9520 projects and have them published in the media to promote the work and projects of Rotary. 

Funded by the two Rotary Districts for three years, this initiative will provide Prizes of $700 for each of the three media streams – Broadcast (TV/Radio); Press; and Online/Social Media.

This project is an ideal opportunity to enable career-focused students to pro-actively gain experience in researching, interviewing, writing and creating digital or social media pieces based on real life projects undertaken by Rotary Clubs.  The UniSA contact point for the initiative is Domenica Panagaris  (Domenica.Panagaris@unisa.edu.au)


Rural Media Icons Gather to Celebrate Ian Doyle's Induction (Oct 2013)

All five living "Rural Media Icons" gathered together recently to witness the induction of Ian Doyle to the honoured status of "Rural Media Icon".

The "Rural Media Icons"  were Angela Goode, Jon Lamb, Dick James, Norman Marston and Alan Richardson.  Ian Doyle now joins this group as only the sixth person elevated to the status.

"Rural Media Icons": Dick James (inducted 2010); Ian Doyle (inducted 2013);  Angela Goode (inducted 2008); Norman Marston (inducted 2011); Jon Lamb (inducted 2009); Alan Richardson (inducted 2012)