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Refreshed Stuart Seaton award honours local and regional talent

By 22nd July 2022July 27th, 2023No Comments

The Stuart Seaton Award is back for 2022 and will celebrate local and regional coverage of farming and rural affairs in both print and broadcast media, for the first time.

The award, which is made jointly to a journalist and their publication, recognises the information and insight such coverage provides both for farmers and the non-farming public.

It will be open to all relevant publications, podcasts, editors and correspondents, not just members of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

In its previous form, the award recognised only print packages submitted by regional newspapers. Now, though, with media ever-broadening, Val Chapman, the daughter of Farmers Guardian founding editor Stuart Seaton, who the award honours, feels it is important to cast the net wider.  

“This award recognises comprehensive and well-presented journalism, analysis and insight, focusing on regional coverage of agricultural topics and those related to rural life. Entries from media branches of all types and sizes are now welcome.”

How to enter:

Submit PDFs of published pages from four consecutive editions or clips of a broadcast – judges are looking for consistently high standards, not just a one-off. Date range: June 1 2021 to July 31 2022.

Email your entries to Guild awards secretary Olivia Midgley at

Deadline for entries: midnight, August 26, 2022.

The award was established in memory of Stuart Seaton, the highly respected founding editor of Farmers Guardian, which began as a regional newspaper and grew to become a national publication.

The award is supported by Stuart’s family, Val Chapman (Stuart’s daughter) who is one of the judges, and is editor of a group of national magazines.