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BGAJ John Deere Agricultural Journalism Training Award

Sponsored by John Deere and held at the company's UK headquarters in Nottinghamshire, the Guild's training course and award supports one of the Guild’s principal aims – promoting schemes for the provision of suitable entrants into agricultural and horticultural journalism.

Since it began, approaching 40 course members not already employed as journalists have been taken on by national farming and horticultural magazines.

The 10 trainees who take part annually come from different backgrounds – horticulture, agriculture, PR or agri-media and agricultural engineering – and often have very little or no practical experience of journalism.

They attend lectures and practical exercises formulated by professional training consultant David Mascord, and guest lectures given by Guild members. Short-term placements offered by a number of farming and horticultural publications and PR agencies then provide real-world experience of the job.

Students also compete for the John Deere Training Award trophy and a £250 cash prize for the best article written during the course - plus a £100 prize for the runner-up – and a guest ticket to the Guild's annual Harvest Service & Lunch in London for the prize presentation.

For further details of the 2018 training course, download the course poster or the course application form as a pdf document. Alternatively, contact Steve Mitchell of ASM PR:

Tel: 01926 818762 Mobile: 07717 213182 Email: steve@asmpr.co.uk

 
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Dates unveiled for Guild's 2018 John Deere Training Course

Applications are now open for this year’s Guild training course for potential agricultural and horticultural journalists, sponsored by John Deere. The dates of the 2018 John Deere Training Award are Sunday 1 July to Tuesday 3 July, plus three…

 

Agri-hub’s Charlotte Cunningham wins 2017 Training Award

This year’s winner of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Journalism Training Award sponsored by John Deere is Charlotte Cunningham (pictured centre, right) from Cullompton, Devon. Charlotte has been working since January as an…

 

Andrew Meredith wins 2016 BGAJ Training Award

Andrew Meredith earned himself a cheque and a trophy – and a job at Farmers Weekly after winning the Guild's 2016 Training Award, sponsored by John Deere. Andrew was presented with the award by Guild chairman Ben Briggs at the Guild's 2016 Harvest…

 

Melanie Jenkins wins Guild's 2015 Training Award

Twenty-four year old farmer’s daughter Melanie Jenkins from Monmouthshire was the 2015 winner, with the runner-up being agronomist Sam Deane, also 24, from Co Cork in Ireland.  Melanie gained a BA in English Literature from the University of…

 

James Marshall wins Guild's 2014 Training Award

Twenty-seven year old James Marshall from Somerset was judged 2014 winner of the annual British Guild of Agricultural Journalists Training Award, sponsored by John Deere Limited. James (pictured left receiving his award from Guild member Angus…

 

Anna Bowen wins Guild's 2013 Training Award

Royal Agricultural University student Anna Bowen (21) from Carmarthen won the 2013 British Guild of Agricultural Journalists Training Award, sponsored by John Deere. The dairy farmer’s daughter won for an article about new Defra measures to stop…

 

Louise Hartley wins Guild's 2012 Training Award

Agriculture student Louise Hartley from Clitheroe in Lancashire won the training scheme award in 2012. Published on the Farmers Guardian website, Louise's winning article was about the dairy prices crisis that hit the industry. Students on the…

 

Jonathan Sandall wins Guild's 2005 Training Award

The 2005 John Deere training award was presented to Jonathan Sandall following the annual course to encourage new entrants into agricultural journalism. Jonathan was awarded with his certificate by Steve Mitchell of ASM PR. Geared towards people…

 

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01206 263807

johann@ruralcity.co.uk

 

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