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GAJ eAlert - December 2011

To all Guild members – wishing you an enjoyable Christmas and a New Year that brings good health and fortune.


Scottish Blackface ewes in Lancashire snow, as featured on the Guild Charitable Trust Christmas card, courtesy of Guild member Theresa Eveson.

Guild / NOAH Award – final call for entries

With Christmas and New Year holidays fast approaching, members are reminded to sift through their articles and broadcasts of the past 12 months to find a suitable entry for the Guild’s animal health and welfare journalism award, sponsored by NOAH. The final deadline is Saturday, December 31. An entry form can be downloaded here.

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 450 members involved in journalism and commercial communications. More details about this service are available on the website here.

A vacancy for a news journalist to expand the editorial team on The Scottish Farmer is being advertised.

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.

Freelance and Energy Now editor Roger Abbott has a new email address.

Apologies to Marcus Battong of Elsoms Seeds and a Friend of the Guild, whose surname is mis-spelt in the Year Book.

A Friend of the Guild, Laura Dickinson, has moved from the ARC-Addington Fund to join tractor and farm machinery dealerships Rea Valley Tractors and AIS as marketing and promotions manager. The dealers cover Shropshire, mid-Wales and the West Midlands representing manufacturers such as John Deere, JCB and Caterpillar. Her work contact details are now:  Rea Valley Tractors, Seven Acres, Newport Road, Sundorne, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 4RR. Tel: 01743 289104 Email.

Farm machinery specialist James Lane is back freelancing after a spell in sales and marketing, offering journalism and commercial PR services. Contact details are unchanged in the Year Book, apart from his email address.

Clive Rainbird retires from his role at Bayer CropScience at the end of December but plans to offer agricultural PR and marketing communications services on a freelance basis as Rainbird Communications. He has a new mobile number 07971 119950 and a new email address.

New Members and Friends

Members who would like to invite colleagues and industry contacts to consider joining the Guild can contact membership secretary Liz Snaith.

What's on the Guild website?

Get your 2012 diary up to date by finding out the dates and venues of major shows, conferences and exhibitions using the Industry Events Calendar.

On the website News pages ……

Guild event plans for 2012….and beyond…

Farmers Weekly launches subscription website

Clive Rainbird’s freelance – and leisure - plans

European Commission helps form journalists network

Robin Cradock

Ali Lea helps with online wine venture

James Lane back freelancing

International news

Visit the website of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) to read about events and activities from agri journalist organisations around the World. There is also news of the IFAJ Congress 2012 in Sweden.

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.



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