IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcast (Audio)

The Star Prize for Broadcast (Audio) recognizes outstanding audio content produced primarily for broadcast for radio, web or podcast by journalists in IFAJ member countries.

Agricultural journalism guilds from member countries in good standing in the IFAJ are welcome to submit one entry from members of their guilds.
• Entries must be submitted by guilds, not by individual members.
• It is up to each member country to determine how it selects its entry.

Deadline is February 23, 2019
There is no entry fee.

To be eligible, the entry must:
• Be a story of broad agricultural interest.
• The story may be the work of more than one journalist.
• Have been broadcast via radio, web or podcast between January 1 and December 31, 2018.
• Be broadcast in English, or, in the case of other languages, be submitted with a short written summary in English.
• Be a single story. Providing multiple pieces that make up a series is not permitted. In such a situation, select one story from the series to enter.

The winner of the Star Prize for Broadcast (Audio) will be presented a trophy and a cash prize of €500. The runner-up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of €250. The awards will be presented during the IFAJ Congress. Entrants need not be present to win—efforts will be made to establish an online presence by the winners.

A guild representative who is authorized to submit on behalf of the guild may fill out the current application form online, found on the IFAJ website. Submissions made with any outdated forms will not be accepted.
The following must also be included for the entry before the deadline;
● For audio files that are no more than 8MB, an .mp3 file of the story may be provided with the application.
● For entries that are larger than 8MB, the file must be uploaded to a website in a format that is readily available for playback (such as .mp3 or .wav), and the web link must be provided.
● Entries can be uploaded to a hosting website by the national guild and the web link can be provided to IFAJ with the contest application.
● For entries longer than 10 minutes, please identify a 4-to-10-minute segment you would like the judges to consider as the heart of your entry, this will be the portion judged for the contest.
● For entries not originally broadcast in English, please provide a short written summary in English. If translation into English is not available, contact the IFAJ Global Office as soon as possible: IFAJ will arrange and pay for translation for the summary and up to 4 minutes of a guild’s broadcast entry.

Entry deadline: February 23, 2019

Content and style, including originality and creativity, relevance and audience appeal.

•    Technical merit, focusing on the work of the journalist, and not the whole team involved in producing the whole story, including the way the journalist uses their voice, the structure of the story, and the relevance of supporting images.

•    Objectivity and balance—reflects effort to research and present an informed and balanced report.

11 Aug: Damien O’Reilly and Cassandra Hough Tie in IFAJ Star Prize for Audio

RTE broadcaster Damien O’Reilly of Ireland and Cassandra Hough of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation were each recognized by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) with the Star Prize for Audio, the organization’s honor for the best radio reporting in its worldwide competition.

Winners 2016

IFAJ Audio Broadcast Award

First Place
Damien O’Reilly, Ireland
“Gay Sheep Farmers”

Highly Commended
Susan Murray, New Zealand
Housing vs. Horticulture

Winners 2015

IFAJ Audio Broadcast Award

First Place
Charlie McKillop, Australia
“A duty to be kind in Halal slaughter”

Highly Commended
Benedict Collins, New Zealand
“Future food security in a warming planet”

Winners 2014

First Place
Suzanne Campbell, Ireland
“Liquid milk and the value small coops in Ireland”

Highly Commended
Laura Poole, Australia
“Border tension over Ovine Johnes disease”

If you have any questions please contact the contest administrator using the form below.