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Danielle Grindlay reports on IFAJ Congress (Nov 2016)

ABC Rural Journalist, Danielle Grindlay may have illustrated her superb abilities when she took out both the Best Rural Journalist - Radio and the Best Rural Journalist - Online awards in RMSA's Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards in 2015, however she was still keen to increase her abilities in reporting on rural issues.

Danielle successfully applied to the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists for an IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award to enable her to travel overseas to study rural media at an international level. The annual award recognises the industry’s rising stars who have leadership potential and as Australia's entrant, Danielle was fortunate to win one of the ten international awards allocated by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) for 2016.

As a result, Danielle was invited to attend the IFAJ Congress held in Bonn, Germany. However as the prize did not include funding to fly her to Germany for the Congress, Rural Media SA decided to partially support her with the cost of airfares.

Now back from her international experience, Danielle is keen to recommend this award to other young rural journalists. She feels that as most rural journalists work and live in isolated areas, one of the largest joys in attending this year’s International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress was to bounce ideas off like-minded people.

Danielle has written a comprehensive report on her experience and this can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Danielle Grindlay's IFAJ Congress Report

Danielle Grindlay (6th from left) with international delegates at the Bonn IFAJ Congress
 
 

SA Rural Journalist wins Best Radio Story in SA Press Awards (Nov 2016)

A radio story by former Executive Producer and Presenter of ABC’s South Australian Country Hour, Caroline Winter has been named the ‘Best Radio Story’ at the recent SA Press Club Awards.

Caroline’s investigative nine-minute story, Does Zambia have what it takes to become the food bowl of Africa” gained the award ahead of stories submitted by radio journalists from all sectors of the media industry.

According to President of Rural Media SA, Ian Doyle it was a genuine reflection of the quality and depth of rural journalists that Caroline Winter’s rural themed radio story produced by a rural journalist, stood out from all other quality mainstream competition.

Caroline Winter’s story was based on a trip to the rural areas of Zambia following her selection by Rural Media SA and the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists to participate in an international professional development study tour hosted by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.

Her ‘Exposure-4-Development’ media tour offered the opportunity for rural journalists to have a first-hand look at farm issues in the developing world, looking beyond the images of hunger and poverty and exploring a range of initiatives and opportunities.

According to Caroline Winter, Zambia claims it has all the ingredients to be the food bowl of Africa, but how does it turn that dream into reality?

“It offers large expanses of arable land and an abundance of water, but bringing farming into the 21st century and dealing with poverty remain massive hurdles.”

“So the nation is selling itself as a peaceful and democratic place to do business and is throwing its doors wide open to foreign investors.”

The SA Press Club Awards recognized excellence in South Australian journalism across traditional and contemporary platforms.

An online overview of Does Zambia have what it takes to become the food bowl of Africa” and link to Caroline Winter’s radio story can be found at:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-31/zambia-plans-to-become-africa-foodbowl/7288472

Caroline Winter - Winning Radio Story at 2016 SA Press Club Awards
 
 

Leigh Radford honoured by Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (Nov 2016)

Prominent South Australian rural journalist and Australian Head of ABC Rural & National Programs, Leigh Radford was recently bestowed the rare honour of being inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation in recognition of exceptional service and commitment to rural and regional Australia.

Through his role with ABC Rural for over 30 years and as an active contributor to ARLF initiatives, Leigh has sought to advocate and champion the people and issues of rural Australia. As a long term committee member of Rural Media SA and current Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists delegate to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Leigh has also provided high level leadership to everyone working in rural media.

Leigh Radford is one of Australia's truly iconic rural journalists.

In December, he will be further honoured by Rural Media SA through his induction as one of the few living Rural Media Icons.

The bestowal of this honour on Leigh will occur at RMSA's special December Luncheon.

The Australian rural journalism sector and in particular, Rural Media South Australia is justifiably proud of Leigh Radford's role in furthering the interests of rural media within this country and internationally.


Leigh Radford with his ARLF Honorary  Fellow certificate
 

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.

 

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
Rural Media Icon Induction - Leigh Radford

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

2017 Meetings

February 2017 (Precise date to be notified)

SA Agriculture Minister, Leon Bignell
(Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Wednesday 5 April 2017

KI Soldier Settlers
(Pat Brooksby)

(Luncheon 12 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Thursday 7 September 2017

2017 RMSA Royal Adelaide Show Breakfast
(Breakfast 7.00 am for 7.30 am)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Friday 8 December 2017

2017 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)