Application Process Opens for 2020 IFAJ/Corteva Agriscience Master Class

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


The Master Class will meet in Vingsted, Denmark, from 21 to 23 June 2020, immediately prior to the 2020 IFAJ World Congress.


“Corteva Agriscience is thrilled to continue our sponsorship of the IFAJ’s Master Class Program,” said Gregg Schmidt, Head of External Communications at Corteva Agriscience. “The program offers outstanding agricultural journalists from around the world an incredible professional development experience. We look forward to seeing them in Denmark this summer.”


This is IFAJ’s 11th 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 11 years, alumni of the Master Class have helped build IFAJ into a more global, more vibrant, more impactful organization than ever, using the skills and contacts they built through the program and combining them with their talent and energy,” says Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary general. “We are grateful to Corteva for the opportunity to connect with our Master Class colleagues and bring them into the IFAJ family, and to create opportunities for them to bring home a great network, ideas and inspiration.”


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 2020 Master Class using this application. Participants are selected by an IFAJ panel.


Application deadline is 7 February 2020.


Please share this opportunity with colleagues from developing, non-member countries! For more information, visit or contact Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary-general.

Members of the 2019 Master Class joined with colleagues in the 2019 Young Leaders program in a Boot Camp that combined fieldwork and workshops. Here, the journalists interview Minnesota dairy producer Kevin Keiffer.