AN investigate news story produced and published by the Country Caller has received international recognition, being named runner up in the Digital Media category of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) awards.

The story, published in August 2020, exposed a concerning phenomenon occurring on agricultural land south of Chinchilla, where salty coal seam gas water began spilling from legacy coal bore holes onto prime cropping land, as well as leaking into a major Condamine River tributary.

Journalist Harry Clarke during production of the Country Caller’s multiple award winning news investigation

The story won the Digital Media category of the Queensland-based Rural Press Club awards, and subsequently won the the Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists.

It has now been named runner up in the prestigious IFAQ awards, which takes entries from more the 50 countries around the world. The winner of the Digital Media was Laura Kold of Denmark.

Within less than 18 months of operation, the Country Caller has now won four industry awards.

In October the news service was named winner of the Lockyer Bean Ticehurst memorial Journalism Award from the Local Government Association of Queensland.

For the full list of IFAJ winners, visit the organisation’s official website.

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