The National Rural Press Club (NRPC) has announced its new President will be popular and highly regarded ABC Landline national television host and rural and regional reporter Pip Courtney.
Pip is passionate about rural and regional journalism and has been an influential figure within the nation’s rural and agricultural media scene, with a career spanning more than 30 years.
Her career started with ABC radio news in Hobart and later moved into television news, before joining Landline in Canberra in 1993. After a short break Pip re-joined the ABC on the 7.30 Report before going back to Landline.
A long-term interest in rural affairs inspired another career change when she moved to star in front of the camera for ABC Landline.
Pip has hosted the popular weekly Landline program since 2012 and says she loves the variety of stories that can be found in rural and regional communities.
“The aims and objectives of the NRPC align with my own passion for telling the stories of rural and regional Australia,” Ms Courtney said.
“When the NRPC club was reformed early last year it was with the intention of hosting and supporting events that put regional Australia in the spotlight.
“It’s also about bringing together the community of journalists and affiliated organisations who cover these issues, raising awareness and improving the understanding within the broader community, and within the federal political scene.
“I’m proud and excited to be the NRPC’s second President since it was successfully re-launched in March last year and to continue building value for our sponsors and members, hosting more events like the recent talk co-hosted at the National Press Club in Canberra, featuring GMO convert and leading global climate change author, Mark Lynas.
“As the new NRPC President, I look forward to ensuring we continue to build on our early progress and successes; both in terms of growing our membership and staging events that engage audiences, encourage debate about rural issues.”
The NRPC would also like to welcome the continued support of its inaugural sponsors who recently re-signed to back up their commitment last year to re-launch the networking forum for Canberra based rural media and communications professionals.
“An organisation like the NRPC can’t do what it does without the support of such respected businesses and we can’t thank our sponsors enough for continuing the journey with us,” NRPC Sponsorship Manager Robbie Sefton said.
Westpac has re-signed on as the NRPC’s major sponsor while Animal Medicines Australia, Case IH, Croplife Australia and GrainGrowers have also continued their strong backing and commitment, in 2018, as second tier sponsors.
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