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From the presidium

Communicating the achievements of IFAJ
by James Campbell
IFAJ treasurer

Change is all around and the pace of change in communications is a challenge. Our activity as journalists is evolving to a more interactive process. IFAJ communications has to move with the times and with the technology. It is proposed to make more use of social media channels and to put news on the website www.ifaj.org so that the news distribution is more timely. It is hoped that a system of e-alerts and tweets will draw attention to new items as these go up on the website.  more....

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Annual congress IFAJ 2014

The IFAJ 2014 congress is being hosted for a record sixth time by the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists. The British Guild is in 2014 celebrating its 70th anniversary.
The main congress is in Aberdeen, Scotland, from September 4-8. There is a pre-congress tour to London. The post-congress tour is to the Midlands and Wales.
Congress will be taking the theme of Innovations from a Small Island and we will be showcasing the very best of British agriculture and innovative nature of it. Scotland is home to some of the world's best-known food and drink brands. Scotch whisky is the main export, selling more than £4billion of spirits annually around the globe. But Scotland is also home to Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and some of the world's finest soft fruit, potatoes and vegetables. We look forward to welcoming you to Britain: 
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IFAJ welcomes you

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) is a non-political, professional association for agricultural journalists in 32 countries. IFAJ supports and encourages the practice of agricultural journalism in countries embracing freedom of the press. More about us...

New at IFAJ

Positive developments arising from last year’s IFAJ congress in Argentina continue in Latin America, where colleagues are working to build bridges with potential member countries. For the past three months, IFAJ member Carlos Curci Gonzalez, along with Javier Snaidas, Cecilia Mosto and María Mosquera have been engaged in a research study examining the potential for growing the organization in Latin America.

(18.July 2014)

What is a process? We may have different definitions around the word but with a common meaning of one aspect: it takes “a time”. The process I want to share with you took almost two years— when I expected to finalize it in six months. When one needs to create something real, it is clear it takes a time. When I attended, for the very first time, the IFAJ Master Class and Congress in 2012 that took place in Sweden, the African representatives came together with the brilliant idea to establish the...

Just ten days from the end of IFAJ 2014 Congress, the Scottish people will be making one of the biggest decisions the country has faced - to vote yes or no to independence in the referendum. The big vote will take place on September 18, but debate over the issue is heating up, which was quite apparent during the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland ‘Big Debate’ on March 18.

The UK guild has had terrific results with registration, interest and enthusiasm for this year's Congress, Innovations from a Small Island. We filled nearly half the available places in the first 24 hours, and the pre-Congress tour – based at London's historic Farmers Club – was over sold within 36 hours.

The average age of an Austrian agricultural journalist is 50, at least, that’s the way it seemed when it came to official Austrian agricultural journalists’ network activities. They were often attended by the same colleagues – most of them in their early 50s, some already retired. But that impression did not reflect the reality of journalistic work in Austria, the president of the Austrian guild Josef Siffert thought. So last summer, the Austrian Farm writers guild VAÖ asked two young collegues...

Partnership with UN Food and Agricultural Organisation

 

The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and IFAJ join forces to promote wider global sharing of agricultural information. The partnership aims at enhancing knowledge exchange and content publishing related to global hunger and food security, nutrition, sustainable development and the responsible management of fishery and forestry resources, among other issues. What does this partnership means for IFAJ journalists? In this presentation you will find what FAO can offer you.  

Star Prize for print journalism

Mike Abram of United Kingdom is this year’s winner of the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism. The award was announced at the 2013 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress in Argentina.
Abram’s article “Get the best guidance on controlled traffic farming” was published in Crops magazine.

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Young Leaders Award

Ten participants have been selected for this year's IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award. The award supports the winners’ participation in an IFAJ congress and in an intensive journalistic boot camp-style workshop. This year’s boot camp takes place September 2-3, prior to the IFAJ congress in Scotland.

2013 Photography winners

The overall winner in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for photo excellence, sponsored by DeLaval, is Peter Risteviski of Australia. He won this distinction, as well as the competition’s people category, for his photo “I won’t abandon you.”The judges described the winning photos as true craftsmanship, but also noted that the photographers have to combine their skills with the right timing.
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