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BGAJ John Deere Training Award dates announced

Published on 11th March 2015

This year's training course for potential agricultural and horticultural journalists will be held on Tuesday, July 12 to 14, 2015 at the UK headquarters of sponsor John Deere Ltd, with three days of work experience to follow when arrangements can be made.

Now in its 23rd year, the course is designed to support one of the principal aims of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists - promoting schemes for the provision of suitable entrants into agricultural and horticultural journalism.

"Many of today’s journalists and PR executives working in the land-based industries received an early boost to their careers from winning a place on previous courses," points out organiser Steve Mitchell of ASM Public Relations. "They include Emma Penny, editor of Farmers Guardian; Andrew Faulkner and Mervyn Bailey, joint editors of Profi international; and Sally Charrett, deputy/features editor on Amateur Gardening."

See the impressive list of award ‘graduates’ who have gone on the make a career of writing here.

BGAJ John Deere 2014 - group

The Guild's John Deere Training Award is primarily aimed at graduating students keen to find full-time or freelance work in the agricultural and horticultural media, and journalists or public relations staff who have less than 12 months’ practical work experience in this field.

There are 10 places available for the lectures and practical exercises set by experienced journalism training consultant David Mascord and the three-day work placement held separately at specialist magazines, newspapers and PR consultancies.

"At the end of the course, each student has to write a news story for judging by an expert panel," adds organiser Steve Mitchell of ASM Public Relations. "The winner receives a £250 cheque and the handsome John Deere trophy, with an informal presentation taking place later in the year, usually at the Guild’s Harvest Lunch in London in October."

Anyone interested in attending the course, who must be studying or resident in Great Britain, have until Friday, May 1, 2015 to return a completed application form, which is available to download here or can be obtained from Steve Mitchell, whose contact details, along with further information on this popular course, are available here.

The training course at Langar and accommodation in Nottingham are free of charge, other than out-of-pocket expenses. Preference will be given to students graduating and looking for work this summer.

Posted by Peter Hill

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