IFAJ network helps award-winning Aussie broadcaster

Last year’s winner of the radio category of the IFAJ Star Prize for Agricultural Broadcasting has provided a great example of one of the benefits of being part of the IFAJ network.

In her capacity as acting national rural reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s Rural Department, Sarina Locke was asked to prepare a story on how the earthquake and tsunami was affecting Japanese farmers. She decided an interesting way to do this might be to interview a Japanese journalist who reported on agriculture.

She worked through the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists to connect with Hana Saito, a photo journalist with the daily Japan Agricultural News who was hosted by the ACAJ’s Queensland affiliate in January when she came to report on the devastating floods in Queensland.

Hana was more than happy to return the favour and help Sarina, and is featured in her final report which was broadcast on national radio and online – www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201103/s3177431.htm

Read more about Hana Saito’s visit to Australia – www.acaj.org.au/JapaneseAustralianLink.html

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