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2018 SA & NT Rural Media Award successes (Dec 2018)

Kristy O'Brien from ABC Landline based in Darwin has taken out the top Rural Journalism award in the 2018 SA & NT Rural Media Awards.  From a very large field of entries, Kristy was named the '2018 SA & NT Rural Journalist of the Year'. Advertiser photographer, Tait Schmaal took out the top Rural Photographer award, being named the '2018 SA & NT Rural Photographer of the Year'.  This was the sixth occasion Tait had been named the top photographer in the Award's 23 year history.

Ian Turner (Chair, Rural Photographer Judging Panel), Brett Smith (CEO, Rural Business Support), Tait Schmaal (The Advertiser - 2018 Rural Photographer of the Year), Prue Adams (ABC Landline, representing Kristy O’Brien - 2018 Rural Journalist of the Year), Dale Manson (Chair, Rural Journalist Judging Panel & RMSA Vice President), Ian Doyle (Event MC & RMSA Immediate Past President)

A successful October 2018 meeting - "Genetically modified crops... the facts, without the spin" (Oct 2018)

Breakfast at the Adelaide Showground. "Genetically modified crops..... the facts without the spin" - Prof Andrew Barr, Emeritus Prof Peter Langridge, Caroline Rhodes.


Emeritus Professor Peter Langridge


Caroline Rhodes

Professor Andrew Barr


Listen to this important Award winning ‘Q-Fever’ Podcast (Sept 2018)

All RMSA members now have the opportunity to listen to Prue Adams’ award winning podcast What is Q-fever Part 1 - the Human Story”.

This story won the RMSA Rural Journalist of the Year Award.  Based on this story, Prue Adams then went on to be named the ‘Best Rural Broadcast Journalist in the World’ at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress held in Germany.

The Q Fever story has become a quality benchmark across the Australian agricultural sector due to its ability to succinctly outline the devastating effects of Q Fever on the nation’s rural population.

This podcast is part of the ABC Landline podcast series.  It is a ‘where-are-they-now’ approach relating to some of the highest quality stories broadcast on Landline over the years.

To get the podcast, go to the podcast App on your phone, tablet or desk top computer and type in ABC Landline and download “What is Q-fever Part 1 - the Human Story”.

If you are on a computer, the following link will take you direct to the specific Landline ‘Q-Fever’ Podcast: tbf-ep06.mp3

If you are on a computer, the following link will take you to the complete Landline "Three Bags Full" podcast site:


Celebrating Ian Doyle's 31 Years as RMSA President (Sept 2018)

Celebrating the extraordinary Presidency of the amazing Ian Doyle, who headed up Rural Media SA for an incredible 31 years. So many influenced in so many ways by this champion of Rural Journalism! At the RMSA Royal Show Breakfast in September.

RMSA President, Leigh Radford with Immediate Past President, Ian Doyle

Entries now open for 2018 SA & NT Rural Media Awards (Sept 2018)

Entries are now open for the 2018 SA & NT Rural Media Awards for rural journalists and photographers.

These prestigious annual awards carry significant peer recognition and in 2018, offer a total of $7,500 in prize money plus trophies.

Individual awards will be given to the best journalists in print, radio, television, online media and regional print.  Significant prize money is being offered for each category. Winners of the specialist award categories will then compete for the overall 2018 Rural Journalist of the Year Award, carrying an additional $1,000 in prize money.

In 2018, the Awards will also be open to journalists and photographers working in the Northern Territory.

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 2018 Rural Photographer of the Year Award, carrying an additional $1,000 in prize money.

A special award is also being offered for the best photojournalist.

Once again, the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA Inc is also sponsoring awards for the Best Published Story ($500) about the 2018 Adelaide Show and the Best Photograph ($500) related to the 2018 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 2018 SA & NT Rural Media Awards are for work published or broadcast between 1st November 2017 and 31st October 2018.

>> Click here to download the Rural Journalist entry form

>> Click here to download the Rural Photographer entry form


Upcoming meetings

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:

2020 Meetings

Thursday 20th February 2020
Roger Sexton, Beston Foods International
(Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Thursday 10th September 2020
2020 RMSA Royal Show Breakfast
(Breakfast, 7.00 am for 7.30 am)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)