IFAJ/Corteva Master Class Opens Application. Due 30 March.

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, are seeking applications for a program to provide professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities to agricultural journalists from developing countries.

The program, the IFAJ/Corteva Agriscience Master Class, will meet near Wageningen, The Netherlands, from 7 to 9 July, 2018, immediately prior to the 2018 IFAJ World Congress, which will draw participants from around the world to The Netherlands from 11 to 15 July.

“We are excited and proud to continue our support of the IFAJ’s Master Class Program, which offers agricultural journalists from around the world a top-notch professional development curriculum,” said Gregg Schmidt, Head of External Communications at Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.  “The journalists that attend the program are such valuable stewards of messages that enhance the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.”

2017 Master Class participants participate in farm visits in South Africa.

This is IFAJ’s 9th annual Master Class. Each year, participants are selected on the basis of their agricultural journalism background, their interest in learning about agriculture, their potential as leaders in the industry, and geographic diversity.

Subjects covered during the two-day program include journalism best practices, press freedom issues, interviewing skills, leadership development and networking, taught by working journalists. The Master Class will include farm visits and reporting workshops as well as round-table discussions of pressing issues facing agricultural journalists in the field.

“Master Class is a learning experience for everyone involved,” says IFAJ president Owen Roberts. “Members of the federation appreciate the opportunity learn from the perspectives the Master Class participants bring. And in recent years, Master Class alumni have established guilds in several countries, strengthening IFAJ and agricultural journalism worldwide. We are proud to be a catalyst for these professional growth opportunities and growing networks, and are grateful for the support of Master Class from several member guilds and our long-time main sponsor, Corteva Agriscience.”

Members of Master Class will also attend the IFAJ Congress, adding to more than 40 nations represented at the global meeting.

Agricultural journalists from developing countries that are not members of IFAJ (click here for a list of member guilds) may apply for a place in the 2018 Master Class using this application. Participants are selected by an IFAJ panel.

Application deadline is 30 March 2018.