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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 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

Check out the pictures, made by Chuck Zimmerman, of the IFAJ 2014 congress. The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists hosted the congress in Aberdeen, Scotland. More information on the congress can be found at IFAJ congress 2015 will take place in New Zealand:

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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

The Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ) and the country's biggest agribusiness conglomerate, San Miguel Corporation (SMC), recently recognized this year's winners of the 2014 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards agricultural journalism contest, in simple ceremonies, held December 2, 2014, at Diamond Hotel, Manila.

Two years and two months ago the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists invited me to attend the IFAJ congress in Sweden, through its Master Class program. The Master Class brought together young agricultural journalists from Asia, America, Europe and Africa which I was part off.

Professional development continues to be a high priority for IFAJ members, according to a members’ survey. The survey, completed by 127 members, was designed to offer guidance to the federation going forward.

Slovakian journalist Jozef Sedlák was recently named the winner of the coveted IFAJ Star Prize in Agricultural Journalism.

The Congress planning team is busy focusing on details for the 2015 event in Hamilton, New Zealand. The planning team includes, Hugh Stringleman, Graeme Peters, Leigh Catley, Ali Spencer, Trevor Walton, Mick Calder, Susan Murray, Ross Miller and Sue Miller.

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. In this presentation you will find what FAO can offer IFAJ journalists.

IFAJ-John Deere Prize for Print

Josef Sedlak of Slovakia is this year’s winner of the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism. Sedlak’s article ”Food does not come from supermarket shelves” was published in Pravda – Slovak daily.

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.

2014 Photography winners

The overall winner in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for photo excellence, sponsored by DeLaval, is Cliff Donaldson of Northern Ireland. He won this distinction, as well as the competition’s nature-landscape category, for his photo “Mountain Farm.”