New Guild member, 23-year-old Katie Fallon, joined AgriConnect in January to report on livestock topics, shows and sales in Farmers Guardian and Dairy Farmer.
“I’m very new to journalism,” she acknowledges. “I’m from a beef, sheep and dairy farming background and before my new job I worked at Morrisons in a producer-support role for the supermarket’s free-range egg suppliers.”
In her application to join the Guild, Katie wrote: “The Guild looks like an amazing opportunity to network and learn from some of the most experienced and accomplished writers in the industry. I believe being a member of the Guild would help me acquire the tools needed to develop as a journalist within the industry.”
Katie, who lives on a farm near Barnard Castle, Co Durham, studied agribusiness at Harper Adams University College and completed a 10-month work placement at Dunbia, the Northern Ireland red meat processor, as part of her degree course.
She is actively involved in the grouse and pheasant shooting industry and enjoy all aspects from beating and shooting to working gun dogs.
Katie’s one minute Q&A:
What gets you through a tough day?
Fresh air and coffee
How untidy is your desk?
It’s not untidy… I’m a bit of a clean fanatic
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I worked in an abattoir on my placement year and was serenaded by a room full of slaughtermen.
What station is your car radio tuned to?
What’s your favourite biscuit?
Name a guilty pleasure
Anything cowboy / country – I love it all!
What colour are your wellies?
Where did you last go on holiday?
All Guild members can be contacted through the Guild’s Farming Media Centre online directory.