From the Presidium
Who tells the true story?
by Riitta Mustonen
Consumers were shocked recently when they saw videos that activists had taken secretly on pig and chicken farms. They felt misled and decreased their meat consumption.
This raised a discussion among agricultural journalists in Finland: whose duty is it to tell consumers about modern agriculture? more.....
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We are looking for photos to accompany the narrative of IFAJ's history. In particular, we are looking for images of: more......
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"Telling the World about Agriculture – a short portrait of the IFAJ" is now available for free to all IFAJ members while supplies last. more...
Annual congress IFAJ 2013
2013 IFAJ Congress in Argentina September 1- 5.
Registration opens Februari 18, 2013
Next summer you will experience a congress like no other. A unique opportunity to travel to a far corner of the earth, and set foot in new lands that you have never seen before.Get ready to follow in the footsteps of the early European explorers, to discover a rich culture In a country that stretches to one of the southernmost points of the world… In a land once referred to as “The world´s grainery”. A land that has tripled its production in the last thirty years. That feeds over 430 million people each year. Propelled by advanced technologies and sustainable agricultural practices. Famous for its agricultural economy.
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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 IFAJ, in collaboration with Texas Tech University’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, is starting a first-of-its-kind research study. Its aim is to explore the roles of IFAJ members in exchanging agricultural knowledge with producers, a term called "mobilizing" knowledge.
The research, which is being conducted through a global survey, hopes to shed light on the existing best practices IFAJ members have used to share information to their audiences. The...
Please note that the deadlines for the IFAJ –YARA Sustainable Agriculture Reporting Award, the IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcasting, online category, and the IFAJ Star Prize for Photography have all been extended to May 3, 2013. There will be no further deadline extensions.
The three contests are open to all members. Full details, including submission procedures, are available at the IFAJ website under 'contests and awards'.
The deadline is May 1, 2013.The contest is open to any member in good standing of a national association or guild that is a member of IFAJ. Full details, including entry instructions, are available at the IFAJ website, www.ifaj.org/contests-awards/photo-contest.html
[PORVOO, Finland] -- 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 August 30-31, prior to the IFAJ congress in Argentina.
Pictures Green Week 2013 in Berlin
President Markus Rediger welcomes Executives and sets the goals of the 2013 meeting. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Past President Mike Wilson invests Markus Rediger with the silver symbol of the presidency. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Mike Wilson shares a laugh with Markus Rediger as the "IFAJ crown jewels" are passed. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Tamas Kolcsei of Hungary and the Membership Committee, chaired by Australia's Leigh Radford. Photo by Steve Werblow
Per Henrik Hansen of Denmark makes a point in the Membership Committee meeting. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Canada's Allison Finnamore leads the Professional Development Committee in planning. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Martin May of the German Crop Protection, Pest Control and Fertilizer Association hosts the Executive Committee for lunch in the pre-show construction zone of Green Week. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Martin May describes the German Crop Protection, Pest Control and Fertilizer Association's consumer outreach campaign. Photo by Steve Werblow.
IFAJ Executive Iurii Mykhailov of Ukraine, Oliver Vujovic of SEEMO and IFAJ Vice President Owen Roberts discuss freedom of press. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Oliver Vujovic, secretary general of SEEMO (South and East Europe Media Organization) points out that agricultural journalists are targets for threats and violence in many nations. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Iurii Mykhailov, president of the Ukrainian guild, says the internet provides an outlet for perspectives that might otherwise be subdued by media owners. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Hans Siemes of the Netherlands poses a question to the freedom of press panelists. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Hans Siemes organized the freedom of press panel to explore an issue of great importance to IFAJ. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Executive Iurii Mykhailov of Ukraine, Oliver Vujovic of SEEMO and IFAJ Vice President Owen Roberts respond to a question in the freedom of press session. Photo by Steve Werblow.
President Markus Rediger leads the Executive Meeting while Secretary General Riitta Mustonen looks on. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Maria Mosquera describes the program of the 2103 World Congress, which will be held in Argentina, September 1-5. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Maria Mosquera and Adalberto Rossi of Argentina outline the 2013 IFAJ World Congress agenda. Photo by Steve Werblow.
IFAJ Executive Adalberto Rossi of Argentina builds up the excitement for the upcoming World Congress, which will include contacts with many farmers and ranchers. Photo by Steve Werblow.
President Markus Rediger leads a discussion about the 2013 World Congress in Argentina. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Wolfgang Rogall and Ilka Dreimann of Messe Berlin - the organizer of International Green Week - have long hosted IFAJ's winter Executive meeting, providing outstanding support to the Federation. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Adrian Bell, President of the UK guild, provides a peek at the progress towards an exciting 2014 World Congress in Scotland. Photo by Steve Werblow.
Fun at the Swiss stand. Allison Finnamore (Left)-Canada and Marianne Mork - Norway. Photo by Joe Watson.
Ilse Aigner(middle), Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, at her last performance for the VDAJ at the Green Week. Photo by Attila Szalay.
IFAJ President Markus Rediger (standing) gave all executives a hat of Luzern at the Swiss lunch. Photo by Attila Szalay.
Star Prize for print journalism
Mary Baxter of Canada is this year’s winner of the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism. The award was announced at the 2012 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress in Sweden.
2012 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 production category, for his photo “Spring lamb.”
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 August 12-15, prior to the IFAJ congress in Sweden. The successful applicants for 2012 are:
Sustainable Agriculture Reporting
The winner of the second annual IFAJ-YARA Award for Sustainable Agriculture Reporting is Kerry Staight of Australia. Staight’s story “The Future of Food” was broadcast on June 26, 2011 by ABC Landline.