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BGAJ eAlert - January 2014

NOAH Award – Final call for entries

Members of the Guild writing on animal health and welfare topics have until Friday to enter Guild’s NOAH Award for written and broadcast articles, both news or features. Entries must still have been published or broadcast in 2013. Full details on the Guild website – to make a bid for the £1000 prize fund.

Award recognises regional farming coverage

The Guild's Stuart Seaton Award for farming and rural affairs coverage in regional newspapers and magazines is about to be launched for 2014 - watch out for a dedicated eAlert. Last year's winner, the Press & Journal and its agriculture editor Joe Watson, has capitalised on the award by highlighting its success with a banner strap and 'award winner' statement inside the Farming supplement published every Saturday. Regional journalists and editors can start planning their entries by selecting three consecutive editions of their publications or newspaper sections.

Awards for radio, tv and online broadcasts....

Guild members who make broadcasts on farming and rural topics stand to win £200, a gold commemorative pin and a fair amount of professional recognition by entering the Star Prize broadcasting awards run by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). There are Audio (radio), Video (television) and Online categories, the latter being for the best cross-platform piece demonstrating a combined use of at least three of four media - text, images, audio, video. Members enter the Online category themselves by the closing date of May 1. But single entries for the other categories are entered by the Guild after a selection process; the deadline for those is therefore April 12 to awards secretary Louise Impey. See the IFAJ broadcast awards website page for full details.

....and for farming and rural photography

Not everyone leaves it until the last minute - entries are already being sent in for the IFAJ's annual Star Prize photography award for images published in print or online in 2013. There are three categories as usual: People, Production, Nature/Landscape with prizes worth up to £250 for winning, runner-up and commended entries. Full details here. The Guild's own photography contest will launched in the Spring.

Jobs & Recruitment

Vacant positions are mentioned in Guild eAlerts as a service to members but a recruitment advertising service is also available to organisations that wish to put full details about a post in front of the Guild's 500 members involved in journalism and commercial communications. More details about this service are available on the website here.

DuPont Crop Protection in the United States wants to appoint a public relations professional to work in its communications team.

Year Book updates

Update the Guild Year Book with the new job, location and contact details noted here, as well as any new member listings below. Earlier updates can be found in the eAlerts Archive section of the Guild website. Remember to send change of job, address, telephone or email details to Guild secretary Nikki Robertson.

Senior photographer and journalist on The Scottish Farmer Jacqueline Adamson is now Jacqueline Pettigrew and she has moved to East Bank Farm, Lenzie near Glasgow. Mobile and work telephone numbers remain as in the Year Book, of course, but she does have a new work email address.

After 16 years’ service, RABI press officer Nick Bond has stepped down from this role, handing over the reins to Philippa Spackman, a fellow Member of the Guild. Nick will continue to produce the charity’s Farming in Focus calendar (which features the work of photographer members of the Guild) and remains available for freelance press and PR commissions via his email address.

Former Vion Food Group director of corporate affairs Alasdair Cox has been appointed Interim Head of Professional Services at SRUC, the newly merged organisation of the Scottish agricultural colleges. Alasdair’s contact details are: SRUC, Peter Wilson Building, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG. Tel: 0131 535 4003 Fax: 0131 535 4327 Mobile: 07887 452100 Email.

Guild member Gary Crossley, formerly with Farmers Weekly and Caterer & Hotelkeeper and still business director of Reed’s has moved to Cornwall after acquiring a holiday cottage business. He plans to carry out freelance writing from the West Country, where his contact details are now: Lambriggan Court, Lambriggan, Penhallow, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9LU. Tel: 01872 571636 Mobile: 07979 530143 Email.

PR and advertising specialist Mike Humphrey and his Glevum Marketing Services business are now located at: 14 Main Street, Hartford, near Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 1XU. Telephone numbers and email address remain as in the Year Book.

Former Farmers Weekly deputy on the Farmlife & Community desk, Rachel Jones, has joined The Telegraph as social media content editor across all sections of the newspaper. She is continuing her Guild membership.

Subscription query

The Guild is receiving an annual subscription payment from Mrs C L Goodinson but there is no record as to who that is! If anyone can shed light on the matter, please contact Guild secretary Nikki Robinson.

New Members and Friends

Members who would like to invite colleagues and industry contacts to consider joining the Guild can direct them to the Membership Benefits website page here, where a PDF leaflet and an application form can be downloaded. People involved in the agricultural industry - including students on a relevant full-time higher education course - who would like to establish or maintain links with the Guild and its Members but do not qualify for membership themselves can become a Friend to receive eAlerts, attend events and be listed in the Year Book.

On the Guild website….

A comprehensive month by month listing of technical demonstrations, conferences and major shows to help complete diary plans for the year. Go to Events, then Industry Events Calendar.

In News on the Guild website

The social media phenomenon in farming New machinery magazine to launch Final Congress plans presented in Berlin Roscoe Howells

Send in your news

Please send any career news, publication/website launches or redesigns, agency appointments, award wins and campaigns, etc, to website and eAlerts editor Peter Hill.


Contact the Guild secretary, Nikki Robertson, if you wish to: Apply for Retired Member status to pay the reduced subscription Apply to become a Member of the Guild as a Friend who now qualifies for membership Notify a change of bank details for the subscription Direct Debit

Norify a change of home or work postal address, telephone numbers or email address

Notify that you are resigning from the Guild


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