Captain Rural – End of an era.

By ACAJ | May 26, 2017

The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) has paid tribute to one of rural journalisms greats – Leigh Radford – who today finishes his career after 30 years with the ABC Rural. While steering the ABC’s rural broadcasting division Leigh was also an active member…

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Aussies scoop awards pool in South Africa

By ACAJ | Apr 6, 2017

Australian rural broadcasters, writers and photographers have scooped the pool at the 2017 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Awards. Sunshine Coast-based ABC Rural Reporter Marty McCarthy won the IFAJ/Rabobank STAR prize for Excellence in TV Broadcasting. His Wide Bay ABC Rural colleague Kallee Buchanan won…

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Global investigative award closes 15 May

By ACAJ | Feb 22, 2017

Entries are now open for the Global Shining Light Award for investigative journalism and close on 15 May, 2017. THE AWARD The Global Shining Light Award honours outstanding investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of…

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Nude shearer pic among rural reporting winners

By ACAJ | Feb 12, 2017

Fairfax Rural’s Federal Parliamentary Reporter Colin Bettles and South Australian-based ABC Rural Reporter Cassandra Steeth have taken out the major prizes in the 2017 Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists’ (ACAJ) Awards for Excellence in Rural Reporting. Bettles won the top gong for Rural Writing for…

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Jan 23 deadline: IFAJ Master Class

By ACAJ | Jan 10, 2017

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and DuPont Pioneer are collaborating to offer agricultural journalists and communicators from developing countries a professional development Master Class in conjunction with the IFAJ Congress in South Africa in April 2017. Agricultural journalists and communicators from developing countries…

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Rural radio a winner in SA press awards

By ACAJ | Jan 10, 2017

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…

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ACAJ AGM: President’s report

By ACAJ | Oct 4, 2016

The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) held its Annual General Meeting on September 28, with Genevieve McAulay returned as president for a third term. The ACAJ committee has remained virtually unchanged apart from the Victorian representative Rebecca Jennings who will shortly be embarking on maternity…

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ACAJ’s Leigh Radford honoured with Fellowship

By ACAJ | Oct 4, 2016

ACAJ’s international delegate, Leigh Radford, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. This was a unanimous decision by the Foundation board, in recognition of exceptional service and commitment to rural and regional Australia. As Head of ABC Rural and National…

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Canberra-based rural press club hosts first official event

By ACAJ | Aug 23, 2016

The Canberra-based National Rural Press Club is the most recently established state club. The Club’s new committee is headed up by Fairfax Rural’ s Parliament House reporter Colin Bettles as chair and the Cattle Council’s Caitlin Boucher as Secretary. After almost four years representing the…

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Col Jackson wins NZ reporting award

By ACAJ | Aug 23, 2016

Veteran Brisbane-based rural journalist Col Jackson has won an international award for best reporting on the 2015 IFAJ World Congress held in New Zealand. Col who is a long standing member of the Queensland Rural Press Club was announced the cash prize winner at the…

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