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BGAJ/IFAJ eAlert - Alltech Young Leaders Award 2018

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Calling all Under 35 Members of the Guild!

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Attend IFAJ Congress 2018 and Young Leaders personal development Boot Camp in the Netherlands

€1000 financial support from Alltech and IFAJ plus cost of travel assistance from the Guild


Applications Deadline: Friday, 12 January 2018

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has opened the application process for the 2018 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award.

This accolade recognises outstanding young journalists who demonstrate potential to become leaders in the agricultural journalism industry. Each of the IFAJ’s 43 member guilds – including the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists – may submit one nominee for the prestigious award.

IFAJ CongressTen young journalists — age 35 or younger on 31 December 2017 — will be selected by an international jury for the prize, which includes a €1000 stipend to attend IFAJ Congress 2018 in the Netherlands in July next year.

The Young Leaders also participate in a Boot Camp in the days prior to the IFAJ Congress, which includes professional development and networking workshops and farm visits in the Wageningen area - for more information, visit the IFAJ Congress 2018 website.

July 8-10 - IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Boot Camp

July 11-14 - IFAJ Congress 2018

July 15 - Departure or post-Congress tour programme

Pearse Lyons, president and founder of sponsor Alltech says: “At Alltech, we believe in supporting and nurturing young minds, so each year we partner with the IFAJ as they search the world for the future leaders of agri-journalism.

“We encourage young journalists who are passionate about communicating and connecting the agri-industry to a global audience to apply for the 2018 programme.”

Melanie Jenkins IFAJ 2017The British Guild has had much success in nominating successful Young Leader candidates, with a British Member gaining a place eight times in 1o years. They include former Farmers Weekly journalist Caroline Stocks, who is now a successful freelancer and a director on the Guild's management Council.

This year, Melanie Jenkins won a place at IFAJ Congress 2017 in South Africa - she is pictured with IFAJ President Owen Roberts and Alltech representative Tracey Flinter: "If future participants enjoy themselves half as much as I did, then applying to attend a boot camp and IFAJ congress is certainly worth it."

Read Melanie's account of her Congress and leadership Boot Camp experiences here.

IFAJ secretary general Steve Werblow says: “Throughout the world, alumni of the Young Leaders programme have become indispensable to their guilds, and several now serve on IFAJ’s Executive committee.”

Details and application process

For full details, visit the IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award web page and click the Application link - we recommend you review this before completing the online form so you can see what information is required; applications must include three examples of published work.

Completed applications are sent initially to IFAJ and then to Jane Craigie, the Guild's representative on the IFAJ Executive committee; she can also provide guidance in terms of what the selectors expect to see in applications.

IFAJ Congress 2014

Journalist and PR members of guilds and press clubs worldwide at IFAJ Congress 2014 in Aberdeen, hosted by the British Guild.

Applications Deadline: Friday, 12 January 2018

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