AWARDS

Category criteria

Journalism

  • Best News Story (Print)
  • Best News Story (Radio)
  • Best News Story (TV)
  • Best News Story (Online)
  • Best Feature Series
  • Best Feature Story
  • Best Innovative Journalism
  • Best On Farm Story
  • Best Agribusiness Story
  • Best Sports Story
  • Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year
  • Journalist of the Year
  • Media Outlet of the Year

Photography

  • Best News Photography
  • Best General Interest Photography
  • Best Sports Photography
  • Photographer of the Year

Vision

  • Best news video vision

AWARDS

Best news story (Print), Best news story (Radio), Best news story (TV), Best news story (Online)

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional, print, online and broadcast media platforms.

Radio category includes podcasts. Television includes online videography.

Requirements: Stories important to regional and rural Victoria and its communities published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July and 30 June, in any financial calendar year.

Judging criteria: It will be judged according to its impact, urgency and presentation of facts. Judges will look at how the entrant made their story different to other media outlets, and how it communicated the importance of the news to its target audience.

Evidence: A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file. 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Best feature story (all platforms)

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional, print, online and broadcast media platforms.

Requirements: An in-depth exploration of an issue or personal profile relevant to rural or regional Victorian audiences. Published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging criteria: It will be judged on creativity, flair and research, and how it is communicated to its target audience. Entrants are able to submit one article from a multi-part series.

Evidence: A PDF of page/s where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file.

200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Best feature series (all platforms)

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional, print, online and broadcast media platforms.

Requirements: The best news and current affairs analysis over a period of time, important to rural or regional Victoria, published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging criteria: The Feature Series must be clearly delineated from the first article/report. The series of articles/reports will be judged on creativity, flair and research and how the narrative was enhanced through the use of a series.

Evidence: A PDF of pages where the articles were published or weblink to audio or video file. 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Best Innovative Journalism

Eligibility: Open to all rural and regional, print, online and broadcast media platforms.

Requirements: Exploring an issue in rural or regional Victoria, using new media platforms or a new story telling technique.

Judging criteria: The Best Innovative Journalism will be judged on the choice of subject matter, how a media platform brought change to its community through a series of reports on a particular issue. The award will be judged on the media outlet's influence in the change, the impact on the community and the creativity shown in communicating the stories - this can include analytics of audience engagement.

Evidence: A PDF of pages where the articles were published or weblink to audio or video file. 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism. Other information required for judging includes showing the timeline of idea conception to development, that details how the audience was engaged in the issue by the media platform.

 

Best on farm story

Eligibility: Open to all media platforms.

Requirements: An on-farm story published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July and 30 June. This category is for practical farming stories that highlight innovative management or agronomic practices that promote improved productivity and profitability. 

Judging criteria: Encourages quality writing, presenting a comprehensive story analysing on-farm technologies, agronomic practices and management – with potential interest to and impact on agriculturalists.

Evidence: A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file. 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Best Agribusiness Story

Eligibility: Open to all rural, regional and metropolitan print, online and broadcast media.

Requirements: The best agribusiness story (news or feature) impacting on rural or regional Victoria, published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.

Judging criteria: It will be judged according to its impact and presentation of facts, and how the subject affects rural or regional Victoria. Judges will look at how the entrant made their story different to other media outlets, and how it communicated the importance of the news to its target audience.

Evidence required:

  • A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file.
  • 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.
 

Best Sports Story

Eligibility: Open to all rural, regional and metropolitan print, online and broadcast media.

Requirements: The best sports story (news or feature) based in rural or regional Victoria, uploaded or broadcast between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2018.

Judging criteria: It will be judged on creativity, flair and research, taking into account the drama, colour and personality of the subject or event.

Evidence required:

  • A PDF of page where the article was published or weblink to audio or video file.
  • 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.
 

Best news photograph

 

Eligibility: Open to all media platforms.

Requirements: Photographs that capture rural or regional news published or uploaded between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging criteria: Entries will be judged on the news value of the photograph and its ability to tell a story in relation to the news event, as well as image impact and technicality; and the technical skill of the photographer.

Evidence: A PDF of page where the photograph was published or hyperlink to webpage. A Jpeg of the image. A 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Best news vision

Eligibility: Open to all media platforms.

Requirements: Video vision that captures rural or regional news published or uploaded between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging criteria: Entries will be judged on the news value of the vision and its ability to tell a story in relation to the news event, as well as image impact and technicality; and the technical skill of the cameraperson. Footage must be confined to three minutes maximum.

Evidence: A hyperlink to webpage or vision. A 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Best general interest photograph

Eligibility: Open to all media platforms.

Requirements: Photographs that capture rural or regional life published or uploaded between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging criteria: Entries will be judged on the ability of the photograph to capture rural and regional life, to tell a story and to explore issues, as well as image impact and technicality; and the technical skill of the photographer. Judges will take into account the drama, colour and personality of the imagery.

Evidence: A PDF of page where the photograph was published or hyperlink to webpage. A Jpeg of the image. A 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Best sport photograph

Eligibility: Open to all media platforms.

Requirements: Photograph that captures sport’s importance to rural and regional communities, published between 1 July and 30 June.

Judging criteria: Entries will be judged on the ability of the photograph or video to capture not just a great sporting feat, but its relationship with the local community, as well as the technical skill of the photographer.

Evidence: A PDF of page where the photograph was published or hyperlink to webpage. A Jpeg of the image. A 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Photographer of the Year

* Please note: Photography now includes video vision

Eligibility: To qualify for this award, entrants must enter three separate pieces of work (these may be entries in the previous categories).

Requirements: The entrant’s editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent must supply a supporting statement (maximum 300 words) to explain the context and impact of the photographer’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.

Judging criteria: Photographer of the year will be awarded to the photographer who has made the greatest overall contribution to photographing rural and regional issues.

Evidence required:

  • 3 examples of your work shown in both PDFs and Jpegs
  • 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.
  • A supporting statement (maximum 300 words) from your editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent explaining the context and impact of the journalist’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.
 

Journalist of the Year

Eligibility: To qualify for this award, entrants must enter three separate pieces of work (these may be entries in the previous categories).

Requirements: The entrant’s editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent must supply a supporting statement (maximum 300 words) to explain the context and impact of the journalist’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.

Judging criteria: Journalist of the year will be awarded to the journalist who has made the greatest overall contribution to reporting on rural and regional issues.

Evidence required:

  • 3 examples of your work shown in PDFs or weblinks
  • 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.
  • A supporting statement (maximum 300 words) from your editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent explaining the context and impact of the journalist’s work and its impact on the media outlet’s audience.
 

Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year

Eligibility: Broadcast, print and online journalists aged 25 years or younger. The award can only be won once by any journalist.

Requirements: This category recognises the most promising young journalist in rural and regional journalism and is named in honour of the late Ray Frawley, a long-serving vice-president of the club, because fostering up-and-coming industry talent had been one of his great passions. Entrants must have their entries authorised and signed by their Editor/Employer. Entrants must submit three separate pieces of work that have been published or broadcast between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Judging criteria: Judges will consider how the entrant has grasped the subject, their depth of knowledge and how they have crafted the content.

Evidence: Three examples of your work shown in PDFs or weblinks, a 200 word supporting statement to be included under "Entry Details" that outlines how your entry came about, how it is relevant to the category you are entering and what it contributes to rural and regional journalism.

 

Media Outlet of the Year

Eligibility: All media outlets that publish rural or regional news

Requirements: This category recognises the outstanding work of a media organisation, whether it be print, broadcast or online. Entrants must submit a portfolio of five pieces of work (combined in one pdf), with a supporting statement from the editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent (maximum 300 words).

Judging criteria: The judges will look for outlets that consistently inform, entertain and provoke their target audiences. Judges will also look at the innovation of the outlet, staff development and creativity in presenting its work.

Evidence required:

  • a portfolio of five pieces of work (combined in one pdf)
  • a supporting statement from the editor, news editor, executive producer or equivalent (maximum 300 words)