Journalists elect 2015-2016 committee
October 2015. The
Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) elected its
committee for 2015-2016 at the Council’s Annual General Meeting
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Ralph Essay Competition
Entries close soon!
The topic for
the 2015 John Ralph Essay Competition is:
Australian agriculture should forget about the pursuit of productivity
and instead focus on premium markets.
category cash prize of $5000 & Novice category cash prize of
award recognises Australia's top broadcast journalists
Rural reporter from far north Queensland, Charlie McKillop, has
won the country’s top award for rural broadcasting.
was presented with the Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural
Broadcasting at a lunch hosted by the Rural Press Club of Queensland
in Brisbane today.
award recognises Charlie’s outstanding audio piece, “A
duty to be kind in halal killing,” which explored the halal
slaughter of cattle in far north Queensland on ABC Rural’s
Country Hour radio program.
patch photo a national winner
happy snap of a family picking strawberries is the winner of the
2015 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography. The delightful
moment captured by Adelaide Advertiser photographer Tricia Watkinson
wins a $1000 cash prize from the Australian Council of Agricultural
Journalists (ACAJ) which coordinates the prestigious annual award.
Judges described the photo of a father and his two young daughters
filling their basket with luscious fruit at Hahndorf as a beautiful
The winning entry was chosen from a strong field of finalists submitted
by rural press clubs around Australia. Read
Journalists elect new leaders
An experienced rural communicator from Brisbane, Genevieve McAulay
is the new President of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists.
Genevieve is a Life Member and former President of the Queensland
Rural Press Club and is employed as State Marketing Manager Qld/NT
for Rabobank. Peter Lewis, a familiar face of agricultural journalism
throughout Australia, is the new ACAJ vice president.
Peter had a long career with the rural television program Landline,
both in front of and behind the camera, and has more recently been
national rural reporter for ABC TV. He is the current holder of
the Rabobank Excellence in Rural Journalism Award.
Clarisa Collis, an executive committee member with the Rural Press
Club of Victoria, takes over the role of ACAJ secretary. Read
to Liz Harfull
Members of the ACAJ at the annual meeting paid tribute to retiring
executive member Liz Harfull who made a huge contribution in Australia
and internationally during the past 14 years.
She steps down from the leadership team as the position of immediate
past president rotates to Tim Powell.
Liz who has won world acclaim as an author was a former ACAJ president
and represented Australia on the International Federation of Agricultural
world awards in Aberdeen
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
Dog Attacks on Qld Sheep Industry TV story wins national broadcast
TV Landline’s Peter Lewis has won the 2014 Rabobank Australian
Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.
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Crawford Fund award launched in Brisbane
Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists is again joining
with The Crawford Fund in search of outstanding reporting related
to food security. Read
image wins national photo award
image which captures the stark beauty of the Australian outback
is the winner of the 2014 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.
aerial photo was snapped from a mustering helicopter by freelance
photographer Peter Scott who is based at Longreach in western Queensland.
title carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian
Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ).
Paula Heelan from Clermont in Queensland took out the people award
for an action campdrafting photo.
Harding from the Townsville Bulletin entered the winning production
photo of a girl sorting cattle in a dusty pen. Read
SA Journalist takes nation's top rural
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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