By Hugh Maynard
IFAJ Global Manager
You’ve probably lost track of the times you’ve been asked for just a minute of your time. Well, we want 60 minutes of your time, but I promise you it’ll be well worth it.
IFAJ now has available the “30/30” professional development sessions: 30 minutes of presentation, 30 minutes of questions and discussions. You’re done in an hour.
Using the GoToMeeting online platform, the IFAJ Global Office can set up a webinar where your feature speaker can present power points, documents, photos and videos. The audience can see and hear the speaker, ask questions and the group can follow with questions and a moderated discussion. The whole session can be recorded and posted online for those unable to make the scheduled time. We can handle up to 100 participants.
A few examples of sessions you could organize:
- The Freedom of the Press Foundation has some expertise on delivering digital security training to journalists. They could provide a speaker to talk about the evolving technologies in the media landscape.
- The EU announces some big changes to the CAP, a briefing could be arranged to bring all journalists up to speed – both inside and outside the EU – on the impact to farmers and trade.
- Theo de Jager, a farm leader who spoke at the IFAJ Africa Forum at the South Africa Congress last April, is now the president of the World Farmers’ Organization. At the Forum, he told the participating journalists that we had to make the story of agriculture “sexy” – maybe he could elaborate on that idea a bit more for us.
- Finland has a new agriculture minister and so the Finnish guild would like to have an introductory briefing in Finnish. The Croatians could do the same, and the Rwandans and the Australians and the Argentinians and the Germans, and so on and so on.
- Do you want to write better, edit better, film better, report better? No problem, let’s line up some of the top experts in these fields and give them 30 minutes to present and 30 minutes for questions and discussions.
Just 60 minutes of your time to develop your professional skills and knowledge is not too much to ask, so all you have to do is ask the Global Office to help you organize a session:
Johnnie Belinda Cluff at email@example.com