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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
 
 

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
 

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

Monday 22 May 2017

Professor Mike Young
(Major national announcement on energy industry)

(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)