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Stuart Seaton Regional Newspaper & Journalist Award

All journalists (not just Guild members) are eligible to enter or be nominated.

The entry must show any four consecutive issues of the title’s regular farming coverage.

Entries must have been edited by one person. Only one entry is allowed per publication or journalist.

Submissions will be assessed by independent judges appointed by the Guild.

The judges’ decision will be final, including the right to withhold the award.


Established in memory of Stuart Seaton, the founding editor of Farmers Guardian, the Stuart Seaton Regional Newspaper & Journalist Award recognises regional newspapers that devote some of their pages to coverage of farming and rural affairs.

These publications – and their dedicated magazines and supplements – play an important role informing the general public as well as farmers about agriculture and the land-based industries.

Farmers Guardian was itself a regional newspaper before becoming a national weekly. This award is supported by Stuart Seaton’s family and his daughter Val Chapman is one of the judges.

The winning publication receives a framed certificate and the right to carry a message indicating it is the ‘Regional Farming Newspaper / Magazine of the Year’ as judged by the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

The farming/rural affairs correspondent of the winning publication also receives a framed certificate presented at a Guild event.

Unlike most of the Guild’s awards, the regional newspaper/magazine and journalist award is open to all farming and rural affairs correspondents; entrants do not have to be members of the Guild. Entries can be made by the correspondent or by the newspaper’s editor on their behalf.