Master Class

Journalism is a powerful means to inform both farmers and the general public. The IFAJ Master Class program, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, provides a dynamic professional development experience focused on skills, agricultural issues, media trends and agribusiness. It also gives IFAJ members access to global contacts that are often not federation members, but which are intricately involved in feeding an increasingly hungry world.

The goal of the IFAJ Master Class is to identify and engage journalists in developing countries to network and gain professional development skills by partnering with journalists and colleagues in developed countries through participation in the Master Class and the annual IFAJ Congress.

Each year, participants in the Master Class are selected based on their journalistic background, their interest in learning about agriculture and geographic diversity.  

Following the Master Class workshop, journalists develop and publish stories related to their experiences in the field. Check out last year’s report!

IFAJ global office coordinates the master class. The IFAJ chair of the professional development committee (Allison Finnamore) will be consulted in the plans as well as on the selected candidates.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form before April 5, 2016. 

For more information contact Christina Franc at globaloffice(at) Check out the IFAJ Facebook page regularly for news about the Master Class and the congress.

2015 Master Class – New Zealand

The 2015 Master Class participants have been selected to attend this year’s workshop ahead of the IFAJ Congress in Hamilton, New Zealand, and will be sponsored by DuPont Pioneer. The following journalists from around the globe will be participating:

Natalia Manchenko, Kyrgystan