Red meat journalists awarded for work

GAJC Awards 2018 with Rowena Hume, Beef and Lamb NZ
Ali Spencer (left) receiving her certificate and cash prize from Rowena Hume, Beef and Lamb NZ.

Two agricultural journalists writing about New Zealand’s red meat received awards recently in this years Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators’ awards in Wellington.

The Beef + Lamb NZ News Award was won by Wellington-based freelancer Ali Spencer – writer and editor of MeatExportNZ – for two articles which appeared in FoodNZ magazine and in MeatExportNZ. These were Future meat – take nothing for granted covering the 2017 Red Meat Sector Conference and Changing proteins, which covered the fast changing world of protein as outlined by presenters at the 2017 Ministry for Primary industries (MPI) Food & Fibre conference.

Peter Russell (Alliance), left, with Sally Rae (Otago Daily Times)
Peter Russell (Alliance), left, with Sally Rae (Otago Daily Times)

The Alliance Group Red Meat Industry Journalism Award was won by the delighted Otago Daily Times agriculture reporter Sally Rae, for two articles, one covering a visit from European chefs, media and bloggers to New Zealand and the other talking to Broadleaf USA distribution company’s founder, Kiwi Mark Mitchell. She received a cash prize, certificate and meat pack from Alliance Group general manager marketing Peter Russell.

The top award – the MPI Rongo Award for excellence in agricultural journalism – was won by Northland journalist Hugh Stringleman and Otago’s Neal Wallace who worked together on a four-week series of articles giving an in-depth examination of Fonterra’s performance since 2012 and the capital restructure. The articles appeared in Farmers Weekly in May and June this year.

The Guild is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and held a briefing session for members during the day. This featured an interesting session from special guest speaker British agricultural journalist Anna Jones who talked about her work aiming to bridge the gap between rural and urban audiences. Also speaking were new Brexit representative Jeff Grant, NZ special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen, Pàmu NZ chief executive Steven Carden, Motu Economics Suzi Kerr, MPI Mycoplasma bovis response controller Dr Catherine Duthie and Federated Farmers president Katie Milne.

The 13 awards, 12 for journalism and one for photography, were announced at the Guild’s 2018 Awards Dinner in Wellington on 5 October, which was jointly sponsored by B+LNZ Ltd and the Meat Industry Association. The key objectives of the awards are the encouragement of and recognition of excellence in agricultural journalism.

  • AgResearch Science Writers Award, Kate Evans, freelancer
  • Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award, Carol Stiles, Radio NZ Country Life, who also won the Federated Farmers Broadcast Journalism Award, and was a joint runner-up in the supreme Rongo Award placed equal with colleague Susan Murray.
  • Dairy Industry Award, Jackie Harrigan, Dairy Exporter
  • AGMARDT Agribusiness Award, Sonita Chandar, NZ Dairy Farmer
  • Zespri Export Journalism Award, Gerald Piddock, Stuff, who also won the Rural Women NZ Rural Connectivity Award
  • Federated Farmers Rural Photography Award, Emma McCarthy, freelance photographer
  • The Guild Agricultural Journalism Encouragement Award, Esther Taunton, Stuff
  • Horticulture New Zealand Journalism Award, Elaine Fisher, Coast & Country

You can see all of the winning entries here.

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