JOURNALISM & PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

ABC Gippsland, the Geelong Advertiser, the Horsham Times and The Weekly Times will vie for the prestigious media outlet of the year title at this year’s Rural Press Club of Victoria annual journalism and photography awards.

The club announced finalists in 15 categories today ahead of a virtual presentation to be hosted by the ABC’s Kath Sullivan next Thursday, September 10 at 5pm.

The finalists and winners of the prestigious Journalist of the Year, Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year and Photographer of the Year awards will be announced at next week’s presentation ceremony. The awards recognise the best work of 2019-20.

Rural Press Club of Victoria president James Wagstaff said the club was embracing the challenge of moving its award ceremony online, for the first time in the organisation’s history.

“Now more than ever we need to spend time together, celebrating the hard work of regional and rural journalists and photographers.  I encourage everyone to attend and support the work of their colleagues, and the wider regional media community.”

James Wagstaff, President, Rural Press Club of Victoria

FINALISTS

MEDIA OUTLET OF THE YEAR
  • ABC Gippsland
  • Geelong Advertiser
  • The Horsham Times
  • The Weekly Times
AGRIBUSINESS STORY
  • Tim Lee – ABC Landline – “The good oil”
  • Sue Neales – The Weekly Times – “Big Mac”
  • Jeanette Severs – Dairy News Australia – “Dairy of excellence”
FEATURE STORY (PRINT)
  • Charmayne Allison – Shepparton News – “Last boy standing”
  • Sue Smethurst – The Australian Women’s Weekly – “They’ll bury me in my yellows”
  • Harrison Tippet – Geelong Advertiser – “A place to call home”
FEATURE STORY (RADIO)
  • Tyrone Dalton – ABC Central Victoria – “Fanny Finch remembered”
  • Jess Davis – ABC Background Briefing – “A country hospital fears it won’t cope”
  • Sean Wales – ABC Wimmera – “Johnny Mullagh”
FEATURE STORY (ONLINE)
  • Jess Davis and Andy Burns – ABC Background Briefing – “Groundwater the new frontier”
  • Greg Dundas – Geelong Advertiser – “Pyramid Building Society collapse anniversary”
  • Fiona Pepper – ABC Radio National – “When a space visitor came to country Victoria”
FEATURE STORY (TV)
  • Jess Davis – ABC Landline – “Facing the future”
  • Tim Lee – ABC Landline – “Holy Path”
  • Jarrod Whittaker – ABC Gippsland – “90-year-old graduate”
NEWS STORY (PRINT)
  • Natalie Kotsios – The Weekly Times – “Banks go for the gun”
  • Shana Morgan – Border Mail – “Love vote”
  • Shannon Twomey and Chantelle Francis – The Weekly Times – “Web link exposed”
NEWS STORY (RADIO)
  • Mim Cook – ABC Gippsland – “Summer fires”
  • Kellie Lazzaro – ABC Gippsland – “Adrian Basham committal”
  • Leonie Thorne – ABC Mildura-Swan Hill – “Fijian farm workers”
NEWS STORY (TV)
  • Charlotte King and Andy Burns – ABC Ballarat – “Doctor resigns over patient safety concerns”
  • Kellie Lazzaro and Andy Burns – ABC Gippsland – “Side effects”
  • Alexandria Tzatzimakis, Carrie-Anne Greenbank, Chris Kohler, Toby Just, Billy Friend and Sally Hayles – Nine Local News – “Bushfire crisis”
NEWS STORY (ONLINE)
  • Natalie Croxon – Bendigo Advertiser – “Ring girls”
  • Daniel Miles – ABC South West Victoria – “Deportation threat”
  • Cherie von Hörchner, Christopher Testa, Kai Feng and Andy Burns. – ABC Mildura Swan Hill – “International flying school”
  • Chanel Zagon – Geelong Advertiser – “Hidden parking price increases”
ON-FARM STORY
  • Kate Dowler – The Weekly Times – “Jigsaw solution”
  • Fiona Myers – The Weekly Times – “Water wisdom”
  • Sue Neales – The Weekly Times – “Charles in charge”
PHOTOGRAPHY (GENERAL INTEREST)
  • Darren Howe – Bendigo Advertiser
  • Adam Trafford – Ballarat Courier
  • Adam Trafford – Ballarat Courier
PHOTOGRAPHY (NEWS)
  • Rodney Braithwaite – Shepparton News
  • Darren Howe – Bendigo Advertiser
  • Mark Jesser – Border Mail
PHOTOGRAPHY (SPORT)
  • Megan Fisher – Shepparton News
  • Kate Healy – Ballarat Courier
  • Adam Trafford – Ballarat Courier
SPORTS STORY
  • Mim Cook – ABC Gippsland – “Sisters share AFLW dream”
  • Sian Gard and Beth Gibson – ABC Central Victoria – “Balloon football brings out competitive side”
  • Adam Hill – Hamilton Spectator – “Return on radar”
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