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IFAJ-Alltech Young Leader Boot Camp
The IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism awards emphasize the leadership potential in young members within IFAJ.
Ten young agricultural journalists from all around the world have been selected for IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism awards to attend the 2012 IFAJ Congress in Sweden. Recipients receive 1 000 Euros for their participation at the congress.
(Follow the activities in IFAJ Young Leaders Boot Camp and Master class
in this blog.)
The winners participate in a two-day boot camp to develop their professional skills in agricultural journalism and get a broader global perspective in agricultural communication. The first day's program is joint with the Master class. The award-winners get expert training in agricultural journalism and will report running news during the congress.
The boot camp is arranged in Stockholm from the 12th to the 15h of August, 2012. It is a unique opportunity for the winners to develop personal capacity, create world-wide networks as well as qualified practice.
2012 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Award Winners
1 Christy Couch Lee (USA)
Christy Couch Lee of Wellington, Ill., USA is the owner of Cee Lee Communications, specializing in feature and news writing and photography in the agricultural journalism industry, with a primary focus on livestock.
2 Jerica Potocnik (Slovenia)
Jerica Potočnik is an agricultural journalist working for Zelena dežela magazine and as a webpage editor. She publish articles on current affairs and development in the agricultural and forest sector in Slovenia and throughout the European Union.
As a journalist she pay special attention to public communication about current issues regarding Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 and problems affecting young farmers and farmers in general.
3 Ciara O’Kelly (Ireland)
Ciara O’Kelly is the Consumer Editor in Irish Country Living, the weekly supplement within the Irish Farmers Journal. Ciara writes on financial and consumer issues relevant to the weekly spending of farming and rural families. She also writes in Irish Country Magazine. Previously she worked as the Education and Recruitment journalist, often reporting on the significant increased interest in agricultural education at third level. Event management is also an element of Ciara’s role and she is involved in co-coordinating Irish Country Living’s annual Women and Agriculture conference.
4 Alexis Kienlen (Canada)
Alexis Kienlen is a journalist from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is currently working as a reporter with Alberta Farmer, but spend her time touring to rural locations, visiting farms and attending farm conferences. Alexis has studied International Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and Journalism at Concordia University. She has a special interest in urban agriculture, and explaining rural agricultural issues to an urban audience. She is also a poet, fiction writer and journalist and have published two books of poetry "She dreams in Red" and "13".
5 Aly Balsom (UK)
Aly Balsom is a deputy livestock editor for Farmers Weekly in the UK.
As part of her role she writes technical articles for the livestock section of the magazine and website, www.fwi.co.uk.
This often involves her going on farm visits and agricultural conferences throughout the country.
She also commission and edit some copy for FW and is the editor of Dairy Update magazine.
6 María de las Mercedes Manfroni (Argentina)
Mercedes Manfroni is an agricultural journalist who writes for the agricultural section at La Nación, the second most important newspapers in Argentina.
She also has a column about agricultural news, in both, a radio- and a TV program.
She is especially interested in agricultural policies, sustainable
productions and entrepreneurship in agribusiness.
7 Nikolai Beilharz (Australia)
Nikolai Beilharz works for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Rural Department. He is based in Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest. Nikolai works primarily in radio, but also with a strong online presence and a bit of television from time to time. He presents a daily radio program, and also file to 'The Country Hour', one of the longest running radio programs in the world. His work focuses on agriculture and regional issues. Local industries include sugarcane, bananas, tropical/exotic fruits, cattle, dairy, fishing and mining.
8 Lindi van Rooyen (South Africa)
Lindi van Rooyen has been a journalist at Farmer’s Weekly since 2010.
She began her career as a news reporter, later venturing into travel writing and has now found a home at South Africa’s leading English agricultural magazine.
Lindi writes a wide range of agricultural related articles including investigative news, opinion columns and farm production features.
She has won several awards during her career, the highlight of which is the latest award from the IFAJ.
9 Stefan Nimmervoll (Austria)
Stefan Nimmervoll writes for the monthly agricultural magazine "Blick ins Land" and the weekly newspaper "Raiffeisenzeitung".
He has been into farm writing for 5 years. He covers almost all agricultural topics from machines to animals and from politics to markets.
Stefan comes from a small winegrowers village in the east of Austria where he still lives.
His brother runs the family winery and the future parents in law do crop farming.
Stefan helps both of them so that he doesn’t loose touch to "reality".
Julia Davids works since 2009 for the dlv Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag GmbH in Munich as editor for the dlz agrarmagazin, one of Germany´s biggest monthly magazines for farmers. At the dlv she is leading the dlz next, a supplement to dlz agrarmagazin specially for young farmers.
She has studied German Philology, Political Science and Art History and worked on a dairy and horse farm during her studies. She has worked in the press office of CMA, the Central Marketing Organisation for German Agriculture in Bonn. After that she leaded CMA´s Marketing Department for Organic Food for two years, before she changed to dlv and started to launch the dlz next.
Julia is creating a magazine for the future generation of agriculture and is working in a team of six young editors.
11 Holly Spangler (USA)
Holly Spangler is an associate editor for Prairie Farmer magazine. While Prairie Farmer is part of the Farm Progress Companies, a national agricultural publisher in the U.S., Prairie covers only the state of Illinois. Her job includes writing and photography of farmers, experts and issues that affect Illinois agriculture.
She also writes a monthly column and a weekly blog for young farmers. She has been at Prairie for about 14 years and currently serve on the board of the American Agricultural Editors Association. Together with her husband she raise corn, soybeans, beef cattle and kids on their farm in western Illinois.