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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
Advertiser's Dean Martin is Nation's best Rural Photographer (March 2016)
In a sea of green fruit-laden vines, a single red tomato hanging in the air commands attention. The tomato tossing image captured by Adelaide Advertiser photographer Dean Martin has been judged Australia’s best rural photo for 2016.
Dean led Adelaide Advertiser photographers who completed a clean sweep of the three Australian awards this year. The overall winning photo was taken at the Sundrop Farms giant new greenhouse facility at Port Augusta with head gower Adrian Simkins obliging for the camera.
Judges said the winning entry exhibited fabulous technical skills both in terms of lighting and the use of colour to emphasise the message in the image. Dean, who has been taking great photos for the Advertiser for more than 20 years, said he still gets excited when given an assignment “in the bush.”
The national title carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), which organizes the prestigious competition. Dean Martin's winning entry was selected from a strong field of finalists submitted by Australia’s five state-based rural press clubs.
The judging panel this year comprised previous award winners, Peter Scott, Outback Pics, Longreach, Fiona Harding, Townsville Bulletin and Peter Ristevski, Geelong Advertiser.
The top photos in each of three categories – people, production and nature/landscape – go on to represent Australia in the World Star Prize Photo Contest at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists 2016 Congress in Germany in July.
Dean Martin’s photo took out the production category before being judged overall winner. The winning nature/landscape entry from Mark Brake was an emotional image of wildlife carer Jo Morris hugging a kangaroo which survived the disastrous bushfire which swept through the Humbug Scrub sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills in January last year. Matt Turner took the winning people photo of jackeroo Matt Turner with his horse to illustrate a SA Weekend feature on the sale of the Sir Sidney Kidman cattle empire.
RMSA Vice President, Dale Manson presents winning Advertiser photographer, Dean Martin with his National Star Prize Award certificate, with the winning photograph on the screen behind.
2015 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Award Winners Announced (Dec 2015)
From a large number of outstanding entries, ABC journalist Prue Adams and News Limited photographer Matt Turner have taken home the major prizes at the 20th anniversary 2015 Telstra & Rural Business Support Media Awards announced at the Adelaide Showground.
Prue Adams came through the adjudication process after clearly winning the television section. This is her third major Rural Media South Australia (RMSA) journalism title, previously winning in 1997 and 2008. She has worked on the ABC Landline program for 20 years, matching the time span of these awards.
Prue delivered a pre-recorded acceptance speech. She was overseas and unable to attend the function.
Matt Turner has been a winner of several of the sectional awards in past years, but this is his first Telstra & Rural Business Support Photographer of the Year Award. He won the ‘People’ section of the Awards and his overall photo portfolio this year was exceptional.
Richard Fewster Inducted as Rural Media Icon (Nov 2015)
Fifty year veteran of rural media, Richard Fewster recently received the very rare honour of being inducted as a Rural Media Icon.
RMSA President, Ian Doyle; Rural Media Icon, Richard Fewster; RMSA Vice-President, Dale Manson
Jacinta Rose awarded RMSA Fellowship to IFAJ Pre-Congress Tour (Oct 2015)
Young Stock Journal rural journalist, Jacinta Rose has been awarded Rural Media SA’s Fellowship to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ (IFAJ) Pre-Congress Tour in Cairns.
Themed “Hot Tropics 2015 - Farming Australia's Far North” and jointly organised by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) and the Queensland Rural Press Club, the IFAJ Pre-Congress Tour spanned from 8th-12th October 2015 in Cairns and Sydney.
Although the RMSA Fellowship provided Jacinta with the $1,300 registration fee, she was expected to fund her own travel to Cairns and back from Sydney. This mix of funding was quite intentional, as RMSA believed Fellowship recipients develop a greater level of personal commitment when they have a personal financial stake in an initiative.
Jacinta was born on a sheep and cropping farm at Narrabri in NSW where she developed a genuine love of farming from an early age. Her family then moved to a mixed farming property at Wynarka, near Karoonda. It was here that the experience of living in the SA Murray Mallee further ignited Jacinta’s passion for agriculture.
While completing a double degree in Journalism and International Studies at the University of South Australia, Jacinta worked as a casual reporter for the Mount Barker Courier and the Stock Journal. After graduating, she commenced full time work with Fairfax Agricultural Media, primarily focusing on the Stock Journal.
Her attendance at the IFAJ Pre-Congress Tour offered a chance to experience one of the world’s most advanced tropical agriculture regions set in a renowned tourist playground. Jacinta was able to see first-hand how a major commercial agriculture sector not only coexists, but thrives in a pristine natural environment, from tropical rainforest jungle to the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
The Pre-Conference Tour spent the initial three days in far north Queensland, then moved to Sydney for two nights. From there, many of the registrants took an onward flight to Auckland in New Zealand to join the IFAJ World Congress.
RMSA Show Breakfast guests watching RMSA President & Rural Media Icon, Ian Doyle interview the recipient of RMSA's Fellowship to the ACAJ/IFAJ Pre-Conference Tour in Cairns, the Stock Journal's Jacinta Rose
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Members and guests are encouraged to note the following dates in their diaries:
Thursday 8 September 2016
2016 RMSA Royal Show Breakfast
Speaker: Darren Thomas, CEO Thomas Foods International
(Breakfast 7.00 am for 7.30 am)
(Members’ Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)
Friday 9 December 2016
2016 SA Rural Media Awards
(Luncheon 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members’ Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)