ABC a big winner
All three broadcasting categories at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Awards in Rosario, Argentina, have been won by ABC journalists.
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National Editor of ABC Rural, Leigh Radford said the result was unprecedented.
“The ABC won Radio, TV and Online, which clearly shows what world-class work is done by the ABC’s specialist rural reporters and how strongly we compete in the international sphere with our specialist reporting,” Mr Radford said.
Sean Murphy, Nikolai Beilharz, Lucy Barbour and Larissa Romensky featured at the awards, where it is unusual for all winners to come from one country, let alone the same broadcaster.
Mr Murphy took the top prize in the video category with his story Freedom of Choice, broadcast on the Landline program. Judges praised the entry as “an outstanding piece of agricultural television production and reporting”.
Mr Beilharz won first place in the audio category with his story Australia’s Wild Rice May Help Feed the World on ABC Local Radio’s Queensland Country Hour. Judges said it was “a good report on the potential for developing wild rice as a local crop for export”. The
In the online category, Ms Barbour and Ms Romensky won with the story Trappin’ Bitches Like a Lady about Australia’s only female dog trapper. It was published on the ABC Rural website as a rich multi-media experience, using text, photographs, audio and video and broadcast as a radio story across Australia on a range of ABC radio programs.
Judges described their entry as “an engaging story about an enigmatic woman, whose life varied from her passion for flower arranging, juxtaposed against her work controlling wild dogs”.
Landline’s Prue Adams came second in the Yarra Award for environmental reporting.
Edition 378, 10 September 2013