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The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists Inc (ACAJ) is the national umbrella organisation for press clubs which focus on issues affecting rural and regional Australia. It also links members in all mainland States to a global network through the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).

The ACAJ brings together rural media organisations in five States:

Farm Writers' Association of NSW Inc
Rural Media South Australia
Rural Media Association of Western Australia
Rural Press Club of Queensland
Rural Press Club of Victoria

 

 

 

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Melbourne

Rural Press Club Victoria- Local editors invest in regional journalism
Date: Friday, 1 August
Time: 12pm -1.30pm
Location: Wimmera Trade Training Centre Horsham College, Horsham
Members Price: Free
Student Members Price: Free
Non-Members Price: $30

Three regional Victorian editors have shown their faith in the future of regional journalism through the recent purchases of their newspapers.
Emily Gladdis of the Nhill Free Press and Kaniva Times, Toni Domaschenz of the West Wimmera Advocate and David Ward of the Warracknabeal Herald will discuss why they invested in regional newspapers and how it has paid off.

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Five world awards in Aberdeen
Australian rural journalists and photographers have continued their excellent record with five winners in the global Star Prize Awards announced at the 2014 IFAJ World Congress in Scotland in early September.

Cassie Hough from the ABC in Toowoomba won the World Star Prize category for online reporting while Peter Lewis from Queensland was runner up in television and Laura Poole from South Australia was runner up in radio.

Paula Heelan from Clermont in Queensland won the World Star Prize for production photography while Peter Scott from Longreach was runner up in the nature/landscape category. Read more ....

Wild Dog Attacks on Qld Sheep Industry TV story wins national broadcast journalism award
ABC TV Landline’s Peter Lewis has won the 2014 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting. Read more ...

Crawford Fund award launched in Brisbane
The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists is again joining with The Crawford Fund in search of outstanding reporting related to food security. Read more ...

Outback image wins national photo award

An image which captures the stark beauty of the Australian outback is the winner of the 2014 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.

The unusual aerial photo was snapped from a mustering helicopter by freelance photographer Peter Scott who is based at Longreach in western Queensland.

The national title carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ).

Another freelancer Paula Heelan from Clermont in Queensland took out the people award for an action campdrafting photo.

Fiona Harding from the Townsville Bulletin entered the winning production photo of a girl sorting cattle in a dusty pen. Read more ...

SA Journalist takes nation's top rural writing award
TOM Dawkins, a freelance rural journalist from South Australia, has been awarded the nation’s top award for rural print journalism. Read more ...

Australian journalist selected for international award program
A rural journalist who specialises in writing about the latest farming technology is heading to Scotland after being selected among 10 recipients from around the world for a prestigious international rural journalism award. Read more...

Australian 2014 Star Prizes launched
Journalists and photographers have the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world with entries for the Australian Star Prizes for Rural Writing, Broadcast and Photography now open.
Overseas trips and cash prizes are up for grabs as part of the awards which are run by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) in conjunction with state press clubs. Read more...

Win a trip to Scotland - Broadcast Award Open

Australian broadcast journalists have the opportunity to win a trip to Scotland this year as part of the 2014 Rabobank Australia Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.  The 2014 award was launched today in Sydney at a Farm Writers Assocations of NSW lunch. Read more...

Star Prize success celebrated

Sean Murphy ABC Landline journalist and winner of the 2013 Rabobank Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting met with Rabobank representatives Peter Knoblanche (left) Group Executive Country Banking and Thos Gieskes, CEO, Rabobank Australia and NZ to celebrate his success with his story ‘Freedom of Choice’.



Sean’s Australian win took him to Argentina where he took out top honours at the IFAJ Awards.

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Australian rural journalists on top of the world

Australian rural journalists and photographers are on top of the world after dominating awards for excellence at an international conference in Argentina on Wednesday, September 4.

Finalists nominated by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists won six of nine awards plus a second and third placing at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists 2013 World Congress. Read more....

 

IFAJ names winners of Star Prize for broadcasting

Sean Murphy, Nikolai Beilharz and Lucy Barbour, Larissa Romensky are the first prize winners in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for broadcasting. These winners are all from Australia and that nation’s national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Murphy took the top prize in the video category with his story “Freedom of Choice,” broadcast on Landline, for ABC Television nationally in Australia. Judges praised the entry as “an outstanding piece of agricultural television production and reporting.” They also said “there were many layers to this story and all were investigated in depth. The passions and emotive elements of the GM debate were well handled and delivered in a balanced manner. This was a well-directed and well-filmed in-depth 30-minute program that looked at how the issue has set neighbor against neighbor.”  Read more

 

Fairfax rural journalism 2014 award open


Calling all students passionate about a career in rural journalism.
Applications are now open for the 2014 JB Fairfax Award, supported by the NSW RAS Foundation.
The awards carries $10,000 prize money and work experience, including at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Entry requires a feature article of up to 1200 words on a topical rural issue.
Applications close on September 30. Read media release  
Apply online


GM canola conflict TV story wins national broadcast award
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ABC TV landline's Sean Murphy has won the 2013 Radobank Australian Star Prize for Broadcasting. Sean's story 'Freedom of Choice" previewed a controversial Supreme Court case pitting Western Australian farming neighbours against each other over alleged contamination of an organic farm with genetically modified canola.  Read more....

 

ACAJ-Crawford Award closes May 31.
Entries must be in by Friday, May 31st for a great new overseas travel award offered through the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists.
The ACAJ has teamed with the Crawford Fund to recognise an outstanding example of journalism focused on an aspect global food security.
The Award was launched by Crawford Fund Chairman John Kerin and ACAJ President Tim Powell in February.
It aims to encourage journalists to investigate the important roles that agricultural research, training and rural development play in food security.
“The Crawford Fund has worked for over two decades to raise awareness of issues related to food security, and in particular the role that international agricultural research has to play in responding to poverty and hunger,” Mr Kerin said.
Entries are open for print, broadcast and internet-based reports published in the 12 months prior to the closing date, May 31st.
Tim Powell urged members of rural press clubs around Australia to considering entering the award.
“It offers the winner a terrific learning experience through a developing country visit with the Crawford Fund,” he said.
The inaugural winner will be announced by the end of July. Detailed entry conditions

 

Horse drama a photo award winner

A heart-wrenching image of a horse trapped up to its neck in mud being comforted by the young owner is the winner of the 2013 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.

The dramatic scene was captured by Victorian photographer Peter Ristevski and published in The Geelong Advertiser.

The national carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists.

Winner of the nature/landscape category was Central Queensland freelance photographer Paula Heelan.

Adelaide Advertiser photographer, Tait Schmaal, entered the winning photo in the production category. Read more....

 

Ord River story takes top rural writing prize

A West Australian photojournalist, who has just relocated to Melbourne, Nathan Dyer has taken out the 2013 Kubota Australian Star Prize for Rural Writing.

Dyer’s winning entry “Scheme of Dreams” was a well researched feature article  on the five decades shaping the Kimberley Ord River irrigation scheme.  Runner up was NSW journalist and editor of The Land Newspaper Sally White for her  story on ‘How We Chased Away the Black Dog’.  Taking out the nations top award for rural writing means Dyer will now represent Australia at the IFAJ conference in Argentina later this year. Read media release.....

Listen to his ABC radio interview

NSW journalist selected for international award program.

A young New South Wales journalist is heading to South America after being selected among 10 recipients from around the world for a prestigious international rural journalism award.  The Land's livestock editor, Carla Wiese-Smith has been chosen for the 2013 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award, organised by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). The award is open to journalists up to the age of 35, who report on rural issues. Read more.....


Liz Harfull, a tireless advocate for rural journalism

A powerful figure in advancing the professional interests of agricultural journalists around the world has retired from the Presidency of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists.

Liz Harfull served three terms as President of the ACAJ, stepping down at the annual general meeting on September 20, 2012. Read more...

 

 

Food shortage investigation sends Staight to the top

An investigative report into Australia’s role in the global food shortage has won a South Australian television journalist international recognition.

ABC Landline’s Kerry Staight has won two significant awards at the International Federation of
Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Sweden.

Staight’s story “The Future of Food” received the IFAJ-YARA Award for Sustainable Agriculture Read more...

 

Food shortage investigation sends Staight to international congress

An investigative report into Australia’s role in the global food shortage has won a South Australian journalist the 2012 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.

ABC Landline’s Kerry Staight’s win was announced today at a gathering of Rural Media SA.

The award is run annually by the Australian Council for Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), in association with Australia’s five dedicated rural media clubs. Read more...

 

A captivating image of cattle mustering action though a swirling dust cloud is the winner of the 2012 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.

The photo appropriately titled Ghost Muster was taken by multi-award winning north Queensland photographer Evan Morgan and published in the Townsville Bulletin.

The national title this year carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), which organizes the prestigious national competition. Read more...

 

NSW journalist takes nations top rural writing prize

EMMA Mulholland, staff writer for RM Williams magazine was awarded the nation’s top writing award for rural journalism at the NSW Farmer Writers lunch in Sydney today.

Mulholland won the 2012 Kubota Australian Star Prize for Rural Writing which includes a trip to Sweden later this year to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. Read more...



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