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Podcast award open for entries

By 21st June 2024No Comments
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Entries are now open for a new award which celebrates agricultural podcasts and the people behind the microphone. The award was recently launched by the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists to celebrate agricultural podcasting and inspire agricultural podcasters to innovate the craft.

The new award is being kindly sponsored by specialist rural podcast production agency RuralPod Media.

Ben Eagle, Head of Podcasts at RuralPod Media, said: ”As podcasting continues to grow and mature as a media format, this prize aims to celebrate great podcasting in the agricultural and rural space and encourage Guild members to push boundaries in the craft.”

“We are looking for podcasts that are not only of great quality but engage with their audiences, are creative, tell engaging stories and have wider impact in agriculture or wider society. It is a pleasure and privilege to launch this prize within the Guild and I look forward to listening to the first submissions.”

The winner and runner up will both receive tickets to the Guild’s harvest lunch as well as cash prizes.

The entry guidelines are as follows:

  • Deadline for entries: 01/08/2024
  • Entries can be from full members of the BGAJ only.
  • Podcast content must be related to agriculture, the environment, conservation or rural life.
  • Podcast entry must have been released between 01/01/2023 and 31/07/2024.
  • Entries must include the producer’s name, email address and contact telephone number; the title and date of the broadcast; a brief description of the purpose of the episode and the podcast as a whole.
  • Submit the link to one podcast episode and specify the timecode for up to 10 minutes of audio that you would like your entry to be judged on.
  • One submission allowed per podcast.

Your entry will be judged using the following criteria:

  1. Production value – Consider the recording quality, including sound design, editing and technical aspects. Is the podcast well produced with clear audio and seamless transitions? Does the entry use non-verbal sound to tell the story?
  2. Content and Storytelling – Is the content interesting or entertaining? Is it engaging and suitable for its intended audience? Would it make me want to listen to more episodes from this podcast?
  3. Audience engagement – does the podcast connect with its audience? Does it foster listener interaction and feedback? Is there evidence of a strong and active community around the podcast?
  4. Originality and Creativity – Is the content original? Does the podcast feature guests, stories, perspectives or ideas that aren’t represented in other media?
  5. Impact and Influence – does the content have a broader impact on the agricultural industry or wider society? What is the reach of the content? Does it contribute towards social change or awareness? Does it inspire action, conversation or reflection amongst its listeners?

Please send entries to (deadline 01/08/2024)