Application Process Opens for 2019 IFAJ/Corteva Agriscience Master Class

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, are seeking applications for a program to provide professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities to agricultural journalists from developing countries.

The program, the IFAJ/Corteva Master Class, will meet near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, from 23 to 25 July, 2019, immediately prior to the 2019 IFAJ World Congress, which will draw participants from around the world to the U.S. from 26 to 31 July.

“Corteva Agriscience is thrilled to continue our sponsorship of the IFAJ’s Master Class Program, which offers outstanding agricultural journalists from around the world an incredible professional development experience,” said Gregg Schmidt, Head of External Communications at Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “These journalists have a critical role in communicating about the importance and need for agriculture in society.  We look forward to seeing them in Minnesota later this year.”

This is IFAJ’s 10th annual Master Class. Each year, participants are selected on the basis of their agricultural journalism background, their interest in learning about agriculture, their potential as leaders in the industry, and geographic diversity. Sponsorship from Corteva covers the costs of each member’s participation.

Subjects covered during the two-day program include journalism best practices, press freedom issues, interviewing skills, leadership development and networking, taught by working journalists. The Master Class will include farm visits and reporting workshops as well as round-table discussions of pressing issues facing agricultural journalists in the field.

“Over the past 10 years, alumni of the Master Class have taken the skills and contacts they built through the program and—combining them with their talent and energy—built active agricultural journalism guilds back home,” says Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary general. “These outstanding journalists bring so much to IFAJ and, in turn, bring a world of contacts home to their colleagues. We are grateful to Corteva for the opportunity to connect with our Master Class colleagues and bring them into the IFAJ family.”

Members of Master Class will also attend the IFAJ Congress, adding to more than 40 nations represented at the global meeting.

Agricultural journalists from developing countries that are not members of IFAJ (click here for a list of member guilds) may apply for a place in the 2019 Master Class using this application. Participants are selected by an IFAJ panel.

Application deadline is 8 February 2019.

Please share this opportunity with colleagues from developing, non-member countries! For more information, visit ifaj.org/our-programs/master-class/ or contact Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary-general.

Eunice Ndhlovu of Malawi (left), Koleta Makulwa of Tanzania (in hat) and Jefferson Massah of Liberia (far right) of the 2018 IFAJ/Corteva Agriscience Master Class and Joseph Gakpo of the IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program (second from left) interview a Dutch farmer during last year's Boot Camp program.