Four years ago we set up this Award through the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists, to encourage more media coverage about women’s activities and achievements, particularly in the rural media. The strategy is paying off, and this year our Award attracted more entries than any other category (apart from the Guild’s major ‘Rongo’ Award). A great result!
We are delighted to let you know that NZX Agri journalist Rebecca Harper is our winner this year, for two articles she wrote in Young Country magazine. Her first piece was a story about Erin Reed who took out the Good Keen Girl Competition at the National Fieldays, and the second piece was a story about the inspirational former equestrian Catriona Williams, founder of the Catwalk Trust. To the left is see a picture of Rebecca receiving her certificate and RWNZ cap! Rebecca says: “RWNZ makes a vital contribution to rural communities, there are some fantastic stories out there of women doing inspirational things. It is an honour to receive this award and I hope to continue to share the stories of rural women with the rest of New Zealand.”
Jon Morgan (incoming President of the Guild and Dominion Post journalist) was our runner up (the third time he has been one of our winners). He says: “Rural Women’s sponsorship is much appreciated by the Guild. I’m sure there has been a sharp rise in the number of women’s stories in farming pages and papers over the past three years.”
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