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Save the Date - Friday 27 July 2018
After 31 continuous years at the helm of Rural Media South Australia, Ian Doyle is retiring from the RMSA Committee at the AGM on Friday 27th July.
First elected as RMSA President in 1987, Ian Doyle has served the Association for over three decades with unrivalled energy and passion.
However Ian has now decided the time is opportune for a personal seachange and an injection of new blood at the head of RMSA.
Please reserve the date in your diary now:
Date: Friday 27th July, 2018
More details and booking mechanism will follow later.
Rural Media Icons Gather (May 2018)
In a rare gathering of the most iconic contributors to South Australia’s rural media sector, five ‘Rural Media Icons’ attended to witness the recent induction of Jim McCarter to the prestigious honour.
Rural Media Icons: Leigh Radford, Norm Marston, Jon Lamb, Jim McCarter (on screen), Richard Fewster, Ian Doyle
Jim McCarter inducted as Rural Media Icon (April 2018)
Highly respected legend of South Australian rural journalism, Jim McCarter was formally inducted to the honoured status of ‘Rural Media Icon’ at RMSA’s Luncheon on 27th April.
Jim McCarter currently enjoying retired life in Tasmania
However due to his advanced years and ongoing ill health, Jim was unable to travel to Adelaide, his induction being conducted by live voice link to Jim’s current home in Tasmania.
Born at Kadina on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula in 1937, Jim McCarter’s roots in rural journalism come from a period very few people today have experienced. Following completion of his education at Urrbrae Agricultural High School, he obtained a position as a cadet journalist with the Advertiser’s rural publication, ‘The Chronicle’ in 1954.
In the early 1960’s, Jim expanded his role as a rural journalist at ‘The Chronicle’ by broadcasting agricultural stories on the Advertiser Broadcasting Network’s statewide radio stations 5AD, 5PI, 5MU & 5SE in a program called ‘Life on the Land’.
Jim McCarter became Editor of ‘The Chronicle’ in 1969, a role he held until the Advertiser decided to close that publication in 1976. He then took up the position of Rural Editor at the Advertiser in an effort to maintain the communication of rural and agricultural content to that publication’s statewide readers. His weekly “On The Land” section epitomised quality rural journalism and was a much anticipated read for many regional and metropolitan people.
2017 Rural Media Award Winners Announced (Dec 2017)
From record numbers of outstanding entries, News Corp’s Rural Editor at The Advertiser, Belinda Willis and News Corp photographer Matt Turner have taken home the major prizes at the 2017 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards.
Belinda Willis is currently The Advertiser Newspaper’s Rural Editor, overseeing the coverage of issues affecting rural businesses and communities across the state. Her journalistic career spans more than 20 years and includes stints with the BBC, Discovery Networks and the North West Evening Mail in England, the former Times Tribune newspaper in California and with a former Australian Federal Environment Minister.
Matt Turner has had extensive photographic experience, initially working freelance with the Stock Journal, The Australian, The Sydney Telegraph & Getty Images before returning to Adelaide in 2003 to join News Corp Australia. Since then he has worked with The Advertiser, SA Weekend Magazine and Nationally, covering a wide and varied range of major and every day events.
Entries now open for 2017 Rural Media Awards (Sept 2017)
Entries are now open for RMSA's 2017 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards for rural journalists and photographers.
These prestigious annual awards carry significant peer recognition and in 2017, offer a total of $7,500 in prize money plus trophies. Individual awards will be given to the best journalists in print, radio, television and online media and 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 2017 Telstra & RBS Rural Journalist of the Year Award, carrying an additional $1,000 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 $500. Winners of the three specialist awards will then compete for the major 2017 Telstra & RBS Rural Photographer of the Year Award, carrying an additional $1,000 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 2017 Adelaide Show and the Best Photograph ($500) related to the 2017 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 2017 Telstra & Rural Business Support Rural Media Awards are for work published or broadcast between 1st November 2016 and 31st October 2017.
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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:
Thursday 14th June 2018
Peter Wadewitz - Peats Soil
Dr Steve Lapidge - CEO Fight Food Waste CRC
"Carbon sequestration: Converting recycled organics to quality fertiliser"
(Luncheon 12 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Goyder Mezzanine, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)
Friday 27th July 2018
RMSA AGM & Tribute function for retiring RMSA President, Ian Doyle
(Evening Cocktail Reception 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm)
(Adelaide Showground, Wayville)
Thursday 6 September 2018
2018 RMSA Rural Bank Royal Show Breakfast
(Breakfast 7.00 am for 7.30 am)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)
Friday 7 December 2018
2018 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)