Tuulikki Viilo's winning article: “Life on a Farm Means Walking a Tightrope”
PRETORIA, South Africa (3 April, 2017)—Tuulikki Viilo of Finland’s Tulkevaisuss newspaper received the 2017 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for Writing for the article “Life on a Farm Means Walking a Tightrope.” She was honored at IFAJ’s World Congress in Pretoria, South Africa on April 3.
One judge called the story “breathtaking all the way through—it talks brain to heart.” Another congratulated the writer on mastering “not only the skill of writing original copy but also the skill of getting information from others under all conditions and circumstances.”
Contest judges included journalists James Campbell of Northern Ireland, Jørgen Lund Christiansen of Denmark and Fred Myers of the United States.
“Tuulikki’s article is a great example of the force of turning great interviewing into powerful storytelling,” said Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary general. “Her work reaches the reader at every level and demonstrates the power of print.”
Charl van Rooyen of South Africa received special recognition for his “Kleinjan Makes Farming History” article from Landbouweekblad.
You can see the original article as well as the english translation below:
The panel of agricultural journalists speaking at the IFAJ Africa Forum in Pretoria (l to r): Friday Phiri of Zambia; Inoussa Maïga from Burkino Faso; Owen Roberts, IFAJ President; Jean de Dieu Ininahazwe from Burundi. Photo credit: Johnnie Belinda Cluff
As a result of his participation in the 2017 IFAJ Congress and Du Pont Pioneer Master Class program in South Africa,Christopher Bendana is working to start a guild for agricultural journalists in Uganda. Photo credit: Helenus Kruger