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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


A change in leadership at the head of RMSA (August 2018)

Icon of rural media and prominent broadcaster, Leigh Radford will be leading Rural Media South Australia (RMSA) into an exciting new era, as it gears up to host part of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Australia during 2021.

Leigh Radford was recently elected to the position of RMSA President, replacing 31-year veteran of the Presidential role, Ian Doyle.

Previously National Head of ABC Rural, Leigh led one of the largest networks of specialist rural reporters globally, delivering a suite of radio and TV programs that included Landline, Back Roads, The Country Hour and Australia All Over.

Although he formally retired from a 30 year career with ABC Rural during 2017, Leigh continues to maintain strong media links with the rural sector as a director of the family communications company, Events On Air.

The rights to host the 2021 IFAJ Congress in Australia primarily came about as a result of international lobbying by Leigh Radford in his role as the Australian delegate to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists – travelling overseas to represent our national interest, convening the judging panel of the world broadcast rural media awards and influencing rural media policy internationally.

RMSA President, Leigh Radford addressing the recent AGM

One of the greatest needs Leigh Radford has identified in the ongoing operation of RMSA is the conduct of meetings and functions to better match the availability of time-poor working rural journalists.   He intends to incorporate an increased number of breakfast and after-work events to compliment the traditional format of luncheon functions.


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:

2019 Meetings

Monday 19 August 2019
RMSA AGM & Wine Tasting
(Cocktail function 6.00 pm)
(1st floor Board Room, Administration Building, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Thursday 5 September 2019
2019 RMSA Royal Show Breakfast
Presented by Rural Bank

(Breakfast 7.00 am)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)

Friday 29 November 2019
SA & NT Rural Media Awards
(Luncheon, 12 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Goyder Mezzanine, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)