IFAJ 2017 World Congress South Africa

Taking place between the 2nd and 8th of April 2017 in Gauteng- and the Western Cape. 
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IFAJ 2018 - The Netherlands

Theme: Dutch Roots

Main congress: 12- 15 July 2018

The main congress will start in the region Food Valley and further visits are planned to a diversity of hotspot in the Netherlands.

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Get Ready for the 56th Annual IFAJ Congress in Sweden

The 2012 IFAJ Congress is set for August 15-19 and is themed "Solutions for a green future". The conference will take place at Lake Mälaren, 35 km west of Stockholm Central station. Participants will be able to choose one of eight excursions for the tour days.

Post Congress will take place on Gotland, the biggest island of Sweden, situated in the Baltic Sea.

Registration begins February 10.

For more information visit: http://www.ifaj.org/congress2012.html

Print Media Still Very Important to Agricultural Communications Activities

Thanks to all who took part in the recent Picking Print? web poll on the IFAJ website home page. Of the 36 votes cast, there was a clear outcome. Print media was the most important for 30 respondents, or 83.3%. Participants ranked print media in order of importance for their agricultural communication activity, compared to other media such as social media, TV, radio, or website.

Reactions from IFAJ Congress 2011- Canada

More than 40 different blog posts, videos and articles in English, German, Dutch, Finnish and Japanese covering IFAJ Congress in Canada are posted here: http://www.ifaj2011.com/en/coverage.

If you know of additional articles or blogs covering the Canadian Congress let us know. Email k.elliott.bowman(at)gmail.com to submit.

Member Blogs Provide Great Information

Stephen Cadogan
IFAJ Communications Chairman
Ireland

Find a plethora of useful information available from IFAJ member blogs at http://www.ifaj.org/blogs/member-blogs.html. A dozen IFAJ members share their thoughts on agriculture. Be sure to visit often for updates.

Find a plethora of useful information available from IFAJ member blogs at http://www.ifaj.org/blogs/member-blogs.html. A dozen IFAJ members share their thoughts on agriculture. Be sure to visit often for updates.

And, if you have a blog or know of fellow IFAJ members with blogs be sure to let us know about them. Email Karlie Elliott Bowman, IFAJ newsletter editor at k.elliott.bowman(at)gmail.com.

IFAJ News December 2011

Former IFAJ President David Markey Honored

Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland.

Ray Ryan, Ireland

Former IFAJ president David Markey was recently made a life member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland.

This rare honor was bestowed on David at the fifth bi-annual Michael Dillon Memorial Lecture and banquet in Dublin, the latest in a series of events marking the Guild’s golden jubilee.

IFAJ president Mike Wilson made a special trip from the United States for the function, and he praised the Guild for its work and for the fellowship it had fostered. He wished it well for the future.

Chairman Damien O’Reilly said the Guild remains in good health, and he was delighted that many of those who shaped the organization during its early decades were present. They included Larry Sheedy, a founding member, and a former IFAJ president.

A booklet highlighting 50 years of Guild milestones and memories is being compiled by Michael Miley, David Markey and Colm Cronin, and will be published in December.

Great Britain Editor Emma Penny Named Editor of the Year

Great Britain Guild member Emma Penny, editor of Farmers Guardian, was named Editor of the Year for Business & Professional Magazines (weekly) at the British Society of Magazine Editors’ Awards.

Penny began her career in journalism on the Guild’s John Deere-sponsored new entrants’ training course in 1993, and said she was stunned to receive the award at the BSME Awards in London.

“It’s the first time we’ve entered these awards, and when the presenter was talking about the winner’s publication I was thinking it sounded really impressive,” she says. “ I was shocked when they said it was Farmers Guardian!”

Judges described the publication as: “Excellent for its complex understanding and passion for its reader, ability to speak to a broad audience whilst also recruiting new, younger readers, and for its news agenda that had a life-improving benefit to the reader”.In the same category, the editor of the British Medical Journal was highly commended; others on the shortlist included editors of The Grocer, Property Week and Estates Gazette.Penny added: “It is a huge accolade – and it’s down to the talent, skill, determination and enthusiasm of the Farmers Guardian team. We’ve done some fantastic things and I’m lucky to work with such a brilliant and dedicated team of people.”For more information visit www.gaj.org.uk/news/emma-wins-editor-year-title.

Update on IFAJ Executive Committees

The IFAJ presidium has announced personnel changes in the executive committees.

Beginning in 2012, the committees will have the following chairpersons or co-chairpersons:

  • Membership outreach/benefits – co-chairs Lena Johannson, Sweden, and Leigh Radford, Australia.
  • Communications – co-chairs Stephen Cadogan, Ireland, and Marianne Mork, Norway. 
  • Host country liaison – Riitta Mustonen, Finland.
  • Professional development – co-chairs Charl Van Rooyen, South Africa, and Allison Finnamore, Canada.
  • James Campbell, treasurer, will continue to chair the finance committee along with Steve Werblow, U.S., and Markus Rediger, senior vice president. 
  • Master Class program liaison - Jacques Van Outryve.
  • Freedom of Press liaison – Hans Siemes.

Additional personnel assignments to the committees will be made at the January IFAJ meeting in Berlin Green Week.

Survival Tips for Young Journalists in an Internet Era

Jim Evans, United States
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center

Veteran Canadian journalist Carol Goar suggests operating as a sheep that parts company with the flock. Here are eight ways she suggested doing so in the Internet era "with its fractured audiences, proliferating platforms, shrinking attention spans and still-unclear economic rules." 

She offered them in a new book, Media Values:

  • Learn to use your journalistic skills proficiently in whatever medium you choose.
  • Try not to personalize issues.
  • Strive not to sound preachy or look self-righteous.
  • Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
  • Be aware that one bold departure from conventional wisdom or one brilliant piece of writing won't turn the tide.
  • Pay attention to what's going right.  People have an appetite for positive news.
  • Be prepared to face criticism, to be unfairly labeled, to be ignored by the too-busy-to-care majority.
  • Decide which is more important to you: your moral compass or your financial security.

You can read the publisher's summary of this book here, or get in touch with the ACDC at docctr(at)library.illinois.edu.  What survival tips might you add?

Freelance Directory Available on IFAJ Website

Stephen Cadogan
IFAJ Communications Chairman
Ireland

Remember, the freelance directory is available on the IFAJ website, for writers, photographers or broadcasters. Directory members are encouraged to add files of their work and personal information which may be of interest to editors using the IFAJ website to seek freelance services.

To register for the directory go to www.ifaj.org and click on ‘IFAJ Network’, to register as a freelancer. Fill in the personal data, and a link will be sent by email in order to complete registration.

Freelance Directory Available on IFAJ Website

Stephen Cadogan
IFAJ Communications Chairman
Ireland

Remember, the freelance directory is available on the IFAJ website, for writers, photographers or broadcasters. Directory members are encouraged to add files of their work and personal information which may be of interest to editors using the IFAJ website to seek freelance services.

To register for the directory go to www.ifaj.org and click on ‘IFAJ Network’, to register as a freelancer. Fill in the personal data, and a link will be sent by email in order to complete registration.

About IFAJ News

We want to share your Guild’s news in the IFAJ News. Send news or article ideas to editor Karlie Elliott Bowman at k.elliott.bowman(at)gmail.com. Never let language be a hurdle for sending ideas or news items. Feel free to respond in your native language and we will work together to share your news items.

Also, be sure to share IFAJ News with your colleagues. Encourage them to visit http://www.ifaj.org/news/newsletter-subscription.html to subscribe. IFAJ News is a publication of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. IFAJ gives agricultural journalists and communicators a platform for professional development and international networking. To learn more about IFAJ visit our website at www.ifaj.org. If you have questions about IFAJ, please do not hesitate to contact our executive secretary Connie Siemes, at P.O. Box 205, 6920 AE Duiven, The Netherlands, Ph 0031 573 451975, e-mail: secretary(at)ifaj.org. You can also follow IFAJ on Twitter @IFAJ, and you can find us on Facebook.

About IFAJ News

We want to share your Guild’s news in the IFAJ News. Send news or article ideas to editor Karlie Elliott Bowman at k.elliott.bowman(at)gmail.com. Never let language be a hurdle for sending ideas or news items. Feel free to respond in your native language and we will work together to share your news items.

Also, be sure to share IFAJ News with your colleagues. Encourage them to visit http://www.ifaj.org/news/newsletter-subscription.html to subscribe. IFAJ News is a publication of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. IFAJ gives agricultural journalists and communicators a platform for professional development and international networking. To learn more about IFAJ visit our website at www.ifaj.org. If you have questions about IFAJ, please do not hesitate to contact our executive secretary Connie Siemes, at P.O. Box 205, 6920 AE Duiven, The Netherlands, Ph 0031 573 451975, e-mail: secretary(at)ifaj.org. You can also follow IFAJ on Twitter @IFAJ, and you can find us on Facebook.