Eric Poulsen of Denmark is the big winner in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for broadcasting.
Poulsen took the top prize in the online video category with his feature story “Ellegaard gottingen minipigs,” broadcast on www.If.dk. Judges praised Poulsen’s piece as being “a very interesting and unique story about an agriculture stream that many may not be aware of.” They also said it was technically strong in terms of quality and scripting.
Poulsen also received an honourable mention in the television category with the story “Building the new barn.” The story covered the challenges and successes of expanding an agricultural business and was broadcasted on Land TV.
Kerry Staight of ABC Landline in Australia won first place in the television category with her story “The future of food.” Judges called it “excellent all around and one of the best features we’d seen on television.”
Nancy Nicolson from Great Britain’s Farmers WeeklyInteractive earned an honorable mention from the judges in the online video category for her entry “Sheep producers shun Scottish forest drive.”
In the radio category, Damien O’Reilly of Ireland won with the story “Foot and mouth disease,” broadcasted on ‘Countrywide’ on RTE Radio 1. Judges called O’Reilly’s entry “a good piece looking back on an issue that had an incredible impact on the area’s farmers. It was a nice descriptive script, with good use of natural sound and strong interviews from people who remember the outbreak. Overall, it was a well-balanced and touching story.”
Honorable mention was awarded to ABC Radio Rural Report and Country Hour journalist Kendall Jackson for her story “Stolen work boots.”
This year’s judges were Jose van Gelder of The Netherlands and Andrew Campbell of Canada. The broadcast competition was coordinated by IFAJ Secretary General Owen Roberts.
The winning entries are available via the IFAJ website at www.www.ifaj.org. For further information about the IFAJ Star Prize for broadcast excellence visit the website or contact Roberts at owen(at)uoguelph.ca.
Click on the links for the winning articles:
First place ‘Online Video’ (Eric Poulsen, Denmark)
First place ‘Television’ (Kerry Staight, Australia) www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2010/s3253782.htm
First place ‘Radio’ (Damien O’Reilly, Ireland) www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/rteradiowebpage.html
Honorable Mention ‘Online Video’ (Nancy Nicolson, Great Britain) sites.videostrip.com/farmersweeklynews/11861048/Sheep_producers_shun_Scottish_forest_drive/Default/
Honorable Mention ‘Radio’ (Kendall Jackson, Australia)