A Wellington-based Radio New Zealand Radio Rurals journalist took out the top award for agricultural journalists at the 2017 awards night for the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.
Alexa Cook won the supreme award, the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award, which recognises excellence in agricultural journalism. She won the award for for coverage of a week-long mustering in Muzzle Station, the first after the Kaikoura earthquake. Her items were featured on Morning Report, Checkpoint, and Insight programmes and on the Radio NZ website. Alexa is pictured receiving her award from MPI's Sid Pickering.
Runner-up in the MPI Rongo Award was The Dairy Exporter team of NZ Farm Life Media, for several features, particularly the Team Building feature.
Alexa took out four other awards, two by herself and two which she shared as first equal with another RNZ colleague, Carol Stiles from RNZ CountryLife.
All the awards for 2017 were announced at the Beef + Lamb NZ Awards Dinner on Friday night. A total of ten awards were presented, nine for journalism and one for photography. The key objectives of the awards are the encouragement and recognition of excellence in agricultural journalism.
Other award winners were:
Entry numbers were slightly down in most of the awards on last year, but for many of the judges, making the final decisions between the top entries proved difficult. The Guild thank all the judges, who spent countless hours reviewing the many entries, and the sponsors of these awards.
View the winning entries here.
Nominations are now called for from Guild members for individuals to be considered for the 2018 Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year Award. This award recognises and honours people or groups who have made major contributions to the agricultural sector by communicating relevant and important information to the sector or about the sector.
All nominations should be in by Monday 21 May 2018.
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