A joint entry by two experienced New Zealand agricultural journalists took out this year’s top award in the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators annual awards.
Northland journalist Hugh Stringleman (right) and Otago’s Neal Wallace (pictured far right with John Walsh of the Ministry for Primary Industries - Hugh Stringleman was unable to attend the event) had worked together on a four-week series of articles giving an in-depth examination of Fonterra’s performance since 2012 and the capital restructure. They won the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award recognising excellence in agricultural journalism, for articles which appeared in Farmers Weekly in May and June this year. This is the second Rongo Hugh has won, the last one 30 years ago.
Runners-up in the Rongo award were two entries, placed second equal, both individual entries from RNZ Country Life programme, by Susan Murray and Carol Stiles.
All the awards for 2018 were announced at the Awards Dinner on Friday night which was jointly sponsored by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association. A total of 13 awards were presented, 12 for journalism and one for photography. The key objectives of the awards are the encouragement and recognition of excellence in agricultural journalism. The guild thanks all our sponsors for making these awards possible.
Other award winners were:
This year, 2018, marks the sixtieth anniversary of the establishment of the guild. To mark the event a day of briefing sessions was held on Friday, with guest speakers including Jeff Grant, New Zealand’s Red Meat Sector Brexit representative; Mike Petersen, New Zealand’s special agriculture trade envoy; Steven Carden, Chief Executive, Pamu New Zealand; Suzi Kerr, Senior Fellow at Motu; Catherine Duthie, incident controller for M.bovis at MPI; Katie Milne, President of Federated Farmers; and the Minister of Agriculture, the Hon Damien O’Connor.
Special guest of honor was a British agricultural journalist with 12 years on a BBC agricultural programme and Nuffield scholar, Anna Jones, who spoke on the disconnect between farmers and city dwellers. Her travel to New Zealand was sponsored by AGMARDT.
The Guild thanks all of the sponsors, judges and entrants.
A joint entry by two experienced New Zealand agricultural journalists took out this year's top award in the Guild's annual awards. Read more about them and the other 12 award winners here ... and see the winning entries here.
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