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GAJ eAlert - July 2011

Netherthorpe Award – deadline July 29 The deadline for Guild Netherthorpe ‘Communicator of the Year’ is fast approaching. The judges are ready and waiting to thumb through a sheaf of nominations for Guild members who have made a sustained contribution to agricultural communications. Nominations can be for journalists using the written or broadcast word, a columnist or someone involved in commercial communications who deserves their name on the 'crowing cockerel' trophy. For full details, see the Netherthorpe Award page of the website, where a form can be downloaded.

Guild at the Dairy Event & Livestock Show.... In her role as media officer at the Dairy Event & Livestock Show, Guild member Liz Snaith is organising the Guild’s reception on the first evening (Tuesday, September 6) in the press rooms. The reception has again attracted generous sponsorship from NFU Mutual. the Cereals Event…. A record turnout of close to 60 members and Friends of the Guild enjoyed another sociable get-together at the Cereals Event in June. A report and pictures has been posted in the Events section of the Guild website.

….and at the Royal Highland Show The Guild of Agricultural Journalists in Scotland hosted a reception at the Royal Highland Show that was exceptionally well attended by members and invited industry guests. They enjoyed a lavish buffet sponsored by the Vion Food Group and also supported by Mackies of Scotland, First Milk, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society. A good time was had by all, it seems!

Joe on the mend Having suffered a nasty car accident and spent two weeks on his back in a hospital bed, Guild member Joe Watson, farming editor on the Press & journal, is back home. He still faces a lengthy period of recovery and convalescence, however, so will no doubt welcome the occasional cheery greeting from friends and colleagues.

Young farmer search Jamie Foster of BBC Entertainment has been in touch to ask members of the Guild to urge any eligible young farmers they know to enter the next BBC Three ‘Young Talent of the Year’ show.   “This series celebrates the millions of young British workers whose skills won’t win them a million pound recording contract, but deserve recognition nonetheless!,” he says. “Following the success of the past two years, we’re now on a nationwide hunt for young and talented farmers, aged between 16 to 25 years, who can be true ambassadors for their trade and who are up for a challenge and want to showcase their skills to the world.”   Applicants will be whittled down to four contestants who will be put through tough and testing challenges based on their skills – one will eventually win the BBC Three’s Young Farmer of the Year title.

Video for the web Guild members (young and not so young) terrorised members and staff at The Farmers Club during a very productive ‘video for the web’ training session – then suffered the same fate when the cameras recorded their thoughts on the session. Read the report and watch the video in News on the Guild website.

New members The Guild is delighted to welcome the following new members. Members who would like to invite colleagues and industry contacts to consider joining can contact membership secretary Liz Snaith.

Spence Gunn (pictured), freelance horticultural journalist, The Hurdles, Water Street, Mere, Wilts BA12 6DE. Tel: 01747 861245 Email

Jeremy Hunt, freelance journalist, Greystone Lodge, Blacko, Barrowford, Lancs BB9 6NQ. Tel: 01282 611015 Mobile: 07798 826179 Email

Rachel Jones (pictured), Community and Farmlife deputy editor, Farmers Weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Tel: 0208 6523086 Mobile: 07961 842356 Email

Rachel Lovell, Copywriter and PR, Riverford Organics, Wash Barn, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11OJU. Tel: 01803 762087 Fax: 01803 762718 Email

Ben Pike, Editor, British Farmer & Grower, NFU, Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwicks CV8 2T2. Tel: 02476 858671 Mobile: 07817 726237 Email

Friends of the Guild The following supporters have become Friends of the Guild:

Emma Craigie, Director, The Ad Plain Ltd, Pipe House, Lupton Road, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 9BT. Tel: 01491 837117 Mobile: 07747 800004 Email

Friends wish to develop or maintain contacts with members of the Guild but do not qualify for full membership. They receive all Guild communications, including a copy of the Year Book, but they do not have a vote and may not enter awards.

Year Book updates Update the new Year Book with contact details by checking the new member listings in the eAlerts Archive on the Guild website.

Guild member Robert Jeffery, who writes advisory articles for smallholders and newcomers to agriculture, and on small-scale renewable energy, has moved home to: Little Orchard, Foston, Derby DE65 5DL.Tel: 01283 585410 Email

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.

As a result of Joanne Pugh’s impending move to the National Beef Association (see News on the website), Farmers Guardian wishes to appoint a Livestock Editor.

Publications The classified advertising publication Farmers Trader has introduced a machinery news and features section on its website. Relevant press releases can be submitted to Kimberly Hughes.

What's on the Guild website? Clicking on the News Feed logo at the top of the website home page will deliver all fresh News item headlines to your web browser toolbar. These story links appear as soon as they are posted to the website and can be opened and read immediately.

On the website News pages ……   Jo to handle beefier matters Editor appointed at Crop Production Magazine Autobiography for MF tractor enthusiasts New member profile: Jane Carley Guild Friend profile: Roger Trewhella George's third novel promises a racey tale Guild council votes to drop membership cards Guild photographers support RABI calendar Guild welcomes HGCA communications executives Rachel brings fresh insights to farming community Cycle venture raises awareness and funds Horticulture specialist joins the Guild Joe laid up after crash Video training for first 'Under 35s' event Member profile - Olivia Cooper

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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