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Dates unveiled for 2019 journalism training award

Published on 17th January 2019

The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and John Deere have announced the dates of this year’s training course for potential agricultural and horticultural journalists.

The 2019 course will take place from Sunday 30 June to Tuesday 2 July – plus three days of work experience arranged for successful applicants.

Now in its 27th year, the course supports a principal aim of the Guild – that of promoting schemes for the provision of suitable entrants into agricultural and horticultural journalism.

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

There are 10 full places available on this annual five-and-a-half day course, which is in two parts.

The first two-and-a-half days are held at John Deere’s headquarters in Langar, Nottingham, and a local hotel. 

Students attend lectures by journalism training consultant David Mascord, with practical exercises covering the main media sectors, and guest speakers such as Tim Relf of The Operative Word.

A separate minimum three-day placement sees each of the selected full course members given practical work experience at one of a range of specialist magazines, newspapers or PR consultancies.

At the end of the course, each person has to write a news story for judging by an expert panel.

The winner receives a £250 cheque and the John Deere trophy, with an informal presentation at the Guild’s Harvest Lunch in London in October.

Those interested in attending the course, who must be studying and/or resident in Great Britain, have until Friday 29 March, 2019 to apply for the award.

For further details of the 2019 training course, download the award poster and complete the 2019 application available as pdf file or editable Word document.

Alternatively, contact course organiser Steve Mitchell of ASM Public Relations by calling 01926 818762 or 07717 213182 or e-mail:

The training course at Langar and course accommodation in Nottingham are free of charge, although successful applicants are expected to cover their own out of pocket expenses.

Preference will normally be given to students graduating this summer and looking for work, as it is common for full-time positions to be available in both journalism and PR every year at or around the time the course takes place.

For a full list of award ‘graduates’ since the first course in 1991, including many well-known names currently working in the agricultural and horticultural media, please click on the Roll of Honour link in the BGAJ John Deere Training Award section of the Guild website here.

[Photo: The BGAJ/John Deere Journalism Training Award 2018 course members at John Deere’s UK headquarters.]  


Steve Mitchell

01926 818762


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