The top prize in the Agricultural Journalism Awards 2014 was awarded to Gavin Grace of Clare Fm radio station for their coverage of the fodder crisis that seriously affected the livelihood of thousands of farmers last year.
Gavin was presented with the Overall Award, “The Bull” bronze trophy and cash prize, by Miriam Atkins, Chairman, Guild of Agricultural Journalists, at an awards ceremony in the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin, attended by representatives of all sectors of the farming and food industry.
From a huge number of entries covering TV, radio, press, online, technical, targeted and photographic categories, the Clare Fm entry was adjudged the winner for the comprehensive information and advisory service they provided across their news, current affairs and farming programmes to keep farmers and their families up to date on the crisis and the supports available to them at a time when many of them were struggling to survive.
“It was a perfect example of a local media organisation taking on a very important community service role at a time of national crisis” said Martin Heraghty, Chairman of the panel of judges.
Organised by the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland, in association with AIB, the awards are presented every two years for work of outstanding merit in eight categories. The Overall Winner is chosen from the category winners.
WINNERS BY CATEGORY
*HOW SEAWEED COULD BE BIG BUSINESS, The Science Squad, New Decade TV, developed with Teagasc
*THE FODDER CRISIS, Gavin Grace, Clare FM.
PRINT – NATIONAL
*FRESH CONCERNS OVER USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN FARMING, Ella McSweeney, The Irish Times.
PRINT – LOCAL
*TO HELL AND BACK FOR THE SHEAR LOVE OF IT, Damian McCarney, The Anglo Celt.
*UNIQUE BREED PRESERVATION, John Noonan and Mark Moore, Teagasc, Today’s Farm.
*COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY – THE DEAL, Peter Young, Irish Farmers Journal
*A DAIRY OASIS IN SAUDI ARABIA, Pat O’Keeffe, Irish Farmers’ Journal.
*SHEEP FARMING IN THE MACGILLICUDDY REEKS, Valerie O’Sullivan, Irish Farmers’ Journal.
The members of the Judging Panel were Martin Heraghty, (formerly Dept. Of Agriculture), Helen Brophy, (UCD Smurfit Business School), Michael Fisher, (formerly RTE Belfast), Joe O’Brien, (former RTE Agricultural Correspondent), and Ray Ryan, (former Irish Examiner, Agricultural Correspondent).