Wild Dog Attacks on Qld Sheep Industry TV story wins national broadcast journalism award

12 June 2014

ABC TV Landline’s Peter Lewis has won the 2014 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.

Peter’s story 'Born to be Wild' examined the devastating effect wild dogs are having on the sheep industry in western Queensland. Peter wrote, presented and produced the 10 minute news feature.

The piece featured confronting images of attacks from wild dogs on sheep and the realities of wild dog control.

The award is run annually by the Australian Council for Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), in association with Australia’s five dedicated rural media clubs. ACAJ President Tim Powell congratulated Peter on his win.

“Peter’s journalism will now be representing Australia in the global International Federation of Agricultural Journalist’s (IFAJ) awards. “Thanks to Rabobank’s sponsorship, Peter will be travelling to the IFAJ annual congress in Scotland in September as part of his award,” Mr Powell said.

The Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Broadcasting has three categories; television, radio and online.

Peter’s entry also won the television category. The radio category was won by ABC Country Hour South Australia reporter Laura Poole, for her story “Border tension over OJD”.

The online category was won by ABC Country Hour Queensland’s Cassandra Hough, for her story ‘Drovers head south for greener pastures’.

Both the radio and online category winners will now compete in their respective categories in the IFAJ competition.

Rabobank Group Executive Country Banking Australia Peter Knoblanche said Rabobank was pleased to be supporting Australian rural journalism through this significant award.

“Rural reporters are often covering very complex stories in difficult locations. Their work helps farmers and agribusiness talk about issues and bring them to the attention of a wider audience. This is very important work,” Mr Knoblanche said.

“I congratulate all three national winners for their excellent coverage of rural issues and wish them well in the international competition,” he said.

Each state rural media club selected finalists to represent them in the competition, which was judged at national level by the executive producer of ABCTV Landline Peter McCuthceon; John McCarthy, Senior Journalist and Rural/Regional Reporter, The Courier Mail and Veneta Chappel, Media Manager, NSW Farmers.

The three national entries have now been entered into the international competition, with the winner to be announced at the IFAJ Congress in Scotland this September.

For comment please contact ACAJ President Tim Powell on 0411 725 595.

The winning entries can be viewed and heard at the links below:
Peter Lewis, “Born to be Wild”

Laura Poole, “Border tension over OJD”.

Cassandra Hough, for her story ‘Drovers head south for greener pastures’.

© 2015 Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists Inc.