Awards

National Rural Press Club
Excellence in Rural Journalism Awards

These awards recognise members who are leaders in Australia’s rural media sector. Winners of these awards will be eligible to qualify for the Australian Council for Agricultural Journalists professional awards.

Entry details:

  • Applications close – Tuesday 10 November 2020
  • Please send all entries to info@nationalruralpressclub.org
  • You must be a member of the National Rural Press Club (NRPC to enter. Click here to become a member. 

CATEGORIES

OVERALL WINNER (up to $5,000)*

Eligibility: The overall winner will be chosen from the four category winners. The winner will be awarded up to $5,000 to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. An alternative opportunity will be considered should the IFAJ Congress not proceed in the 12 months following the awards.

Judging criteria: The winner will be selected by the judges from the other categories.  If the National Rural Press Club winner is also a national winner, the travel bursary will go to the National Rural Press Club runner up.

BEST NEWS STORY ($1,000) sponsored by Westpac

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional journalists filing across broadcast, digital and print platforms. Entrants must either be from the Canberra region (ACT, NSW South Coast, Yass, Goulburn, Snowy Mountains) or have submitted an entry which relates to the region, with stories  published or broadcast between September 2019 and September 2020. Entrants must be members of the National Rural Press Club.

Judging criteria: The award recognises outstanding work on a developing news story or daily round, under the pressure of deadlines. Stories will be judged according to their impact, newsworthiness, accuracy and timeliness.

Process: Applicants must submit a 200 word supporting summary of how the story came about, where it was published and/or broadcast, what impact it had and what feedback it generated. Weblinks, PDF files, audio or video links of stories must also be provided. Submissions can be a single report or a series of reports on the same issue, with no more than three reports included per entry.

BEST FEATURE STORY ($1,000) sponsored by Animal Medicines Australia

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional journalists filing across broadcast, digital and print platforms. Entrants must either be from the Canberra region (ACT, NSW South Coast, Yass, Goulburn, Snowy Mountains) or have submitted an entry which relates to the region, with stories published or broadcast between September 2019 and September 2020. Entrants must be members of the National Rural Press Club.

Judging criteria: This award is recognition of an in-depth exploration of a particular rural or regional issue. The emphasis is on quality writing or scripting, as well as the attention paid to creativity, originality and impact.

Process: Applicants must submit a 200 word supporting summary of how the feature came about, where it was published and/or broadcast and what impact it had on the target audience. Weblinks, PDF files, audio or video links of stories must also be provided. One feature per entry only.

SCOOP OF THE YEAR ($1,000) sponsored by CropLife Australia

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional journalists filing across broadcast, digital and print platforms. Entrants must either be from the Canberra region (ACT, NSW South Coast, Yass, Goulburn, Snowy Mountains) or have submitted an entry which relates to the region, with stories been published or broadcast between September 2019 and September 2020. Entrants must be members of the National Rural Press Club

Judging criteria: Recognition of the most original and exclusive story broken by a journalist between September 2019 and September 2020. Judges will consider the skill of the reporter in gathering the information, the difficulty in publishing or broadcasting the story and the public impact it had.

Process: Applicants must submit a 200 word supporting summary of how the scoop came about, where it was published and/or broadcast and what impact it had on the target audience. Weblinks, PDF files, audio or video links of stories must also be provided.

BEST PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR ($1,000) sponsored by Case IH

Eligibility: Open to all media platforms. Entrants must either be from the Canberra region– (ACT, NSW South Coast, Yass, Goulburn, Snowy Mountains) or have submitted an entry which relates to the region, with photographs published between September 2019 and September 2020. Entrants must be members of the National Rural Press Club.

Judging criteria: Recognition of a photo taken to help tell the news story behind a rural or regional issue/news event. The photograph will be judged according to the value it adds to the overall story, as well as the technical skill and creativity of the photographer.

Process: Applicants must submit a 200 word supporting summary of how the photograph came about, where it was published and/or broadcast and what impact it had on the target audience. Weblinks or PDF files of the photograph must also be provided.

BEST NEW JOURNALIST OR CADET ($500) sponsored by the National Rural Press Club

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional journalists working in their first year at a media outlet across any platform. Entrants must be from the Canberra region (ACT, NSW South Coast, Yass, Goulburn, Snowy Mountains) and must be members of the National Rural Press Club.

Judging criteria: Recognition of an up-and-coming reporter who has demonstrated outstanding potential in their field. The winner will have shown dedication to developing their craft while uncovering rural and regional stories that have resonated with local and/or national audiences.

Process: Applicants must submit a 300 word supporting summary of how they’ve approached their first year in the job and what their main achievements have been. Entrants must also include two examples of stories or reports to demonstrate the quality of their work. These can be in the form of weblinks, PDF files, audio or video links