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Deanna Lush awarded a Churchill Fellowship (Feb 2017)

Former editor of the Stock Journal and current principal of agricultural communications firm, AgCommunicators, Deanna Lush has just been awarded a Churchill Fellowship.

Deanna’s Fellowship will permit her to investigate communication, education and engagement methods to improve understanding of agriculture across the community.  It will take her to Canada, USA and UK.



Deanna Lush in her role as Rural Photography Award Judging Panel Chair, providing comments at the 2016 Awards

Every year as part of a national program, up to twelve South Australians are selected to receive Churchill Fellowships.  Worth an average of more than $25,000 each, these Fellowships create unique opportunities for ordinary Australians to travel independently anywhere in the world and explore a topic or issue they are passionate about.

Importantly, applicants do not need any specific qualifications and the Fellowships are not about formal academic study.  Unlike many other scholarship programs, they also offer considerable flexibility in terms of timing and duration.

In 2017, the Churchill Trust is making a particular push to encourage more applications from rural and regional sectors.  As hundreds of South Australians like Riverland citrus grower Ian Tolley, agricultural consultant Bill Long, cheese-maker Gina del Santo, rural communicator and author Liz Harfull and Bordertown farmer Roger Groocock can already attest, receiving a Fellowship really does open the door to a life-changing experience.

To find out more, people are invited to attend a free information session being held in Adelaide on Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Thebarton Community Centre, corner of South Rd and Ashwin Parade, Torrensville, from 6.00 – 8.00pm.  This information session will provide potential applicants with all they need to know to build a strong application.

To register visit Eventbrite.

More information is also available at www.churchilltrust.com.au or contact President of the SA Chapter of the Churchill Fellows Association, Graeme Adcock direct by email at presidentchurchillfellowssa@gmail.com / phone 0434 078 545.

Applications for the next round of Fellowships open on February 28 and close April 28, 2017.

While the Trust encourages people to apply via its online form, rural applicants with limited broadband access are invited to fax or email their applications.

 

Golden canola a gleaming photo winner (Feb 2017)

A humorous touch up with a yellow paintbrush in a field of golden canola has been selected as Australia’s best in a prestigious rural photo contest.

Multi-award winning Adelaide Advertiser photographer Tait Schmaal captured the image of a happy South Australian farmer trying to improve on Mother Nature.  The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists Rural Photography Award carries $1,000.00 prize money for the winner and entry into the World Star Prize Competition.

The world award will be decided at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists 2017 Congress to be held in South Africa in April.

Judges said the winning Australian entry was a well-crafted image telling a great story.  The photographer showed well considered composition and lighting skills. The canola photo was selected from a strong field of finalists submitted by Australia’s state-based rural press clubs.



Australia's Best: Tait Schmaal's winning photograph

The judging panel this year comprised Fiona Harding, Townsville Bulletin, Mike Dugdale, Geelong Advertiser and last year’s Australian winner Dean Martin, from the Adelaide Advertiser.

The top photos in each of three categories – people, production and nature/landscape – all go on to represent Australia in the world contest.

Tait Schmaal’s photo took out the production category before being judged overall winner.  Another South Australian photographer, Jacqui Bateman from the Stock Journal, won the people category with a photo of naked shearer Daniel Telfer.



Equality in the Shearing Shed - Man and beast shed their fleeces: Jacqui Bateman's winning photo of SE shearer, Daniel Telfer

This was shot as a humorous riposte to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals which campaigns against the use of wool with nude models.

The nature/landscape category was won by Scott Radford-Chisholm from the Townsville Bulletin. A line of lambs were snapped at sunset following the property owner on Eldorado Station.

The chair of the Rural Media SA judging panel Ms. Deanna Lush joined SA ACAJ Representative and RMSA Vice President Dale Manson in congratulating the two South Australian winners Tait and Jacqui.  “This is a national competition and once again South Australian rural photographers have been well recognised. It says a lot about the skills of the photographers we have in South Australia."

 

Leigh Radford honoured as an Icon of Rural Media (Dec 2016)

Leigh Radford was recently honoured by Rural Media SA and his peers when he was bestowed the rare honour of being inducted to the status of “Rural Media Icon”.

Within the industry of rural media, there are individuals who are held in admiration for their high level of professionalism, long term dedication and passion for communicating rural issues.  Leigh Radford is widely considered to be one of these people.  Rural Media South Australia recognises only the most outstanding within the rural media sector through their elevation to the status of “Rural Media Icon”.

Leigh Radford’s meritorious contribution to the craft of rural journalism has been over a career spanning nearly three decades.  Rural Media SA bestowed Leigh with its highest honour due to his exceptional life as a working rural journalist, the fostering of careers for other rural journalists, the enormous opportunities he has pioneered & opened up for others, his unwavering commitment to rural and his numerous back-room roles in ensuring the highest quality in ethical media reporting, production & management.

Leigh Radford is an integral component of a four-generation long dynasty of the Radford family’s involvement in the media.  He is the most senior member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s executive management team to have ever been based in Adelaide and manages the largest rural media broadcast group in the world, in addition to overseeing the longest continually running rural broadcast program ever seen.

His management of the ABC rural broadcast group and the Country Hour are the envy of every country with an interest in agricultural communication.  Through his senior role with the ABC, Leigh has strived tirelessly to make ABC Rural relevant to capital city listeners, bridging the urban-rural divide.

On behalf of the entire rural media sector across Australia, Leigh sits on the committee of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, often travelling overseas to represent our national interests and assist with the further development of rural media in countries not as fortunate as Australia.  He also runs the World Rural Broadcast Awards on behalf of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists

In September, Leigh was awarded the status of Honorary Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation in recognition of exceptional service and commitment to rural and regional

Leigh Radford is not only an icon of the local rural media sector, but also internationally.



Rural Media Icon, Leigh Radford (centre), with RMSA President, Ian Doyle (left) and RMSA Vice President, Dale Manson (right)
 

2016 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Award Winners Announced (Dec 2016)

From a large number of outstanding entries, ABC Rural journalist Cassandra Steeth and freelance photographer Jacqui Bateman, working for the Stock Journal, have taken home the major prizes at the 2016 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards announced at the Adelaide Showground today.

Cassandra Steeth is the ABC Rural Radio reporter in Mount Gambier.  Cassandra had her locally produced regional and rural stories broadcast on Radio National’s The World Today and Off Track and posted them on the Radio National online website.

Jacqui Bateman is an accredited freelance photographer based in the Limestone Coast region of SA. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. She is member of a third-generation farming family at Furner and in addition to her running her own photography business; Jacqui has been a part time contract photographer with the Stock Journal for 10 years.

For full results of the 2016 Telstra and Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards, "Click Here"


RMSA President, Ian Doyle; Telstra State Media Manager, Chris Marks; Rural Journalist of the Year, Cassandra Steeth (ABC Rural), 2015 Rural Journalist of the Year and a judge this year, Prue Adams; RMSA Vice President & Rural Journalist Judging Panel Chairman, Dale Manson; Rural Photographer of the Year, Jacqui Bateman (Stock Journal); Rural Business Support CEO, Brett Smith

 
 

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
 
 

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:

2017 Meetings

Tuesday 5 July 2017

Fiona Simpson - National Farmers Federation
(Luncheon 12 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Early August (date to be advised)

Senator David Fawcett - Rural Health Forum
(Announcement of a major Federal Government rural health initiative)
RMSA AGM
(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)

Late October 2017

RMSA Luncheon
(Luncheon 12 noon for 12.30 pm)
(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)