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Winner of the 2014 Rural Press Club's Excellence in Rural Photography Award
'Retreat Station' by Peter Scott, Longreach

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Events

Selling sustainability – what’s in it for Australian agriculture? Rural Press Club of Qld luncheon and panel debate,
Tuesday 14 October, 2014, networking from Noon with lunch served at 12.30pm.

Changing market and community expectations as well as growing consumer and interest group activity has led to increased scrutiny over how our food and fibre is produced.  However, the issue of defining and substantiating the sustainability of our agricultural production and management practices has ignited heated debate and deeply polarised Australian agriculture.  So what’s in it for Australian agriculture? Join us for a special panel discussion with three speakers representing three different agricultural industries and at very different stages of the sustainability challenge. More info and to book...


News

A wee dram to farming success

RPC Life Member Gordon Collie attended the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) World Congress in Scotland in September and here he offers a few first impressions of farming UK style…..
Welcome to the land of the mouldboard plough.
The Aberdeen region, venue for the 2014 IFAJ World Congress, was as pretty as a picture in late autumn with farmers dodging rain showers to harvest the last barley crops and get the straw baled ahead of the looming winter.  Read more......



Vale Teena Girdis – a champion for rural journalism in Qld

Longtime ABC Television producer and Rural Press Club supporter, Teena Girdis has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Teena was a champion for rural and regional journalism in Queensland and throughout her career had mentored and encouraged many young journalists.

She was the Executive Producer of the ABC 730 Queensland program for more than a decade. Read more.....


Rural journalism exhibit commissioned at Outback Hall of Fame

A new exhibit celebrating some of Queensland’s legendary rural journalists has been officially commissioned at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach.

The Rural Journalism Hall of Fame exhibit is an initiative of the Rural Press Club of Queensland to celebrate the life, work and passion of some of the state’s great rural storytellers which in turn is hoped will help inspire a whole new generation of rural journalists. Read more...


Another strong year for the Rural Press Club

The Rural Press Club experienced another strong year in 2013-14 thanks to the generous ongoing support of its members.

In his report to the Annual General Meeting held on 16 September, President Brendan Egan highlighted the Club’s achievements for the past financial year.

Mr Egan said the Club had grown its membership, event attendance, and increased the number of entries in its rural media award programs. Read more...



Four world awards come to Qld

Queensland rural journalists and photographers have continued their excellent record with four 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 was runner up in television.
Both finalists represented Australia as winners in the 2014 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.
Rabobank also sponsored the world broadcast awards this year.
Two Queensland photographers were also recognised in Aberdeen.
Paula Heelan from Clermont won the World Star Prize production category while Peter Scott from Longreach was runner up in the nature/landscape category. Read the full news release

 

Proving bigger isn't always better: ag robots steal the show

Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to the use of robotics and automation in improving the productivity and profitability of broad acre agriculture in Australia.

Does size really matter? This was just one focus in a lively discussion about the role of robotics in agriculture at this year’s Rural Press Club’s Breakfast held at the Toowoomba Ag Show on September 4. Read full story...


 

ABC Landline’s Pip Courtney wins 2014 Clarion for rural journalism

 

ABC Landline’s Pip Courtney’s confronting animal welfare story about the dehorning of calves and the northern beef industry’s efforts to find a painless genetic solution has won this year’s Queensland Clarion Award for rural journalism. The judges’ commented that Pip’s winning entry “Horns of a Dilemma” clearly stood out for its courageous coverage. They said the story bravely shone a light on an issue rarely reported, and Pip Courtney’s tenacity across 20 years in trying to report on the issue paid off, fulfilling one of the key tests of journalism. Read more...

 

 


AACo focuses on premium beef at a premium price in Asian markets

The future of the beef industry looks promising for producers, with Australia’s leading agricultural company now targeting the Asian middle class as th

eir primary market and selling their premium product at a premium price.

Jason Strong, Managing Director of Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) delivered this year’s Malcolm McCosker Memorial Address at the Rural Press Club’s EKKA breakfast, with a record 370 people in attendance. Read more...

 


Qld rural storytellers celebrated with new exhibit at Ekka

Three of Queensland’s legendary rural journalists have been recognised in a special new exhibit unveiled for the first time at this year’s Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane.

The Hall of Fame exhibit is an initiative of the Rural Press Club of Queensland to celebrate the life, work and passion of some of the state’s great rural storytellers which in turn is hoped will help inspire a whole new generation of rural journalists. Read more....


RPC applauds Clarion Award rural journalism finalists

Four finalists have been announced for the rural journalism category of Queensland’s media industry awards known as the Clarions.
The rural journalism category is sponsored again this year by the Rural Press Club of Queensland to acknowledge and help foster the profession of rural journalism.  Read more...


QSL responds to sugar marketing challenge

In July, the Rural Press Club hosted Greg Beashel, CEO of Queensland Sugar Limited, to discuss developments in sugar marketing in Queensl

and, where Wilmar Sugar and two other millers have confirmed they will withdraw from the current single desk for exports in 2017,

despite objections from growers.

Read more....



Rabobank presents prize to rural broadcast winner

The Rural Press Club’s July event also included a special presentation to ABC TV rural journalist Peter Lewis who won this year’s Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.

Peter won the national award for his story on the devastating effect that wild dogs are having on the sheep industry in western Queensland. Read more...


Healthcare professionals debate the future of rural medicine

In June, a panel of medical experts joined Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg MP to discuss the future of rural and regional healthcare.

The panel included Dr Sue Masel, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) and Professor Richard Murray, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and head of the School of Rural Medicine and Dentistry from James Cook University in Townsville.  Read more....


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

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.  Read more.....


Meet Annabelle Amos - the Rural Press Club’s new journalism intern

The Rural Press Club of Queensland has announced final year journalism student Annabelle Amos as its latest intern.

Find out more....

 


Crawford Fund award launched in Brisbane

Last chance to enter - Closes Monday, June 2!

Queensland rural journalists are encouraged to enter an excellence award related to food security which carries an overseas trip for the winner.

The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists has again joined with The Crawford Fund in search of outstanding reporting.

Entries are now open for the 2014 Crawford Fund Food Security Journalism Award which offers a “seeing is believing” trip to a developing country to the winner. Read more......


Agricultural exports take off from Toowoomba

In May, the Rural Press Club welcomed Toowoomba businessman and entrepreneur John Wagner to introduce Queensland’s first privately built but publicly used airport, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

The airport located on the western outskirts of Toowoomba will be opened to the public in October 2014. 

Read more....



Outback image wins national photo award

An image which captures the stark beauty of the Australian outback is the winner of the 2014 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.
The unusual aerial photo was snapped from a mustering helicopter by freelance photographer Peter Scott who is based at Longreach in western Queensland.
The national title carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ).
Another freelancer Paula Heelan from Clermont in Queensland took out the people award for an action campdrafting photo.
Fiona Harding from the Townsville Bulletin entered the winning production photo of a girl sorting cattle in a dusty pen.

Read the full news release......


New exhibit to celebrate rural journalism and the bush.

 

An exciting new initiative of the Rural Press Club (RPC) is underway with the construction of special interpretative exhibit to celebrate the history and contribution of rural journalism in Queensland. The exhibit will appropriately be based at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. Read more ......

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