RPCV reveals 2023 awards location, future events and new committee members

June Update

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre will host the 2023 RPCV Rural and Regional Journalism and Photography awards night. Picture by Geelong Advertiser.

Geelong selected to host 2023 RPCV awards night

Geelong will host the Rural Press Club of Victoria’s annual awards on Friday, October 27.

RPCV president Bryce Eishold said the club would hold the prestigious event at the state-of-the-art Geelong Library.

“We listened to our members who voted overwhelmingly to keep our annual awards night in regional Victoria following our 2022 event,” Mr Eishold said.

“More than 95 people attended our gala event in Ballarat last year and we’re thrilled to move our event to Geelong in October.”

The event celebrates the exemplary work of journalists and photographers from regional Victoria and Tasmania in the last 12 months.

Entries for the awards will open in early-July.

Young Journalist Forum to return in 2023

Young and aspiring journalists and photographers from across Victoria are invited to attend the club’s bi-annual Young Journalist Forum on Friday, August 18.

More than a dozen well-known journalists and photographers will share their experience, advice and lessons with participants.

The club will heavily subsidise the cost of the event and asks regional newsrooms to support the event by allowing journalists to attend the professional development forum.

Australian Community Media will host the event on its Cremorne rooftop, overlooking Richmond and the Melbourne CBD.

The event is limited to 40 places and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

More information about the event will be made available in coming weeks.

Agribusiness breakfast in Melbourne

Work is underway on the club’s next agribusiness breakfast event – an update on agriculture’s goal to be a $100 billion industry by 2030.

The plan is to hold this event at the Stamford Plaza Hotel on Thursday, July 20.

The club hopes to have the NFF join the event, as well as panellists who will bring a mix of market analytics and on-farm experience.

Please pencil it in your diaries, but note the details may change.

Tickets will be on sale shortly.

RPCV welcomes new committee members

The club has welcomed three new members to its committee of management: Peter Somerville, Alex Sinnott and Kellie Lazzaro.

Peter is a senior consultant with Currie Communications, Alex is the Weekly Times’ state political reporter and Kellie is a regional content producer for ABC Victoria/Tasmania.

Kellie replaces ABC deputy regional editor for Victoria/Tasmania, Laura Poole, while Alex replaces Weekly Times’ editor James Wagstaff on the committee.

Peter will replace outgoing Currie Communications consultant An Trinh.

The RPCV would like to extend its gratitude to the three committee members stepping down, especially past-presidents James Wagstaff and Laura Poole.

Both Laura and James made a substantial contribution to the club during their many years on the committee, particularly organising the annual awards night and regular networking and professional development opportunities.

Former deputy-president Alexandria Tzatzimakis has also announced her resignation from the committee to pursue other interests and we wish her all the best for her future endeavours.

Show your support for the club

The RPCV has a long and proud history of journalists, photographers and media professionals who have volunteered their time to create opportunities for rural and regional Victorian members.

If you have an idea about a potential event, or would like to become more involved with the club, please drop the committee a line.

The RPCV offers networking and professional development opportunities for journalists and photographers, and who love to hear from members who have an idea for an event in their patch.

For more information, email president Bryce Eishold at bryce.eishold@austcommunitymedia.com.au.