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GAJ eAlert: June 2011

Video for the web – training opportunity this Friday

With online publishing becoming an important extension of traditional print magazines and newspapers, journalists, photographers and PR specialists need to acquire new skills, equipment and software.

A half-day training course organised by the Guild for this Friday (July 1) will cover just that – and a few places are still available to all Guild members and Friends.

The same course held in the Midlands region earlier this year proved a great hit with participants, including those with experience of the medium. Final bookings are being taken up to 4pm on Tuesday (June 28) – so check out the full details in News on the Guild website or contact organiser Julie Mate on 07775 847123.

Guild Netherthorpe Award

An Award eAlert has been distributed to all Members and Friends opening nominations for the Guild’s Netherthorpe 'Communicator of the Year' Award, which celebrates a sustained contribution to agricultural communications. See the eAlert Archive and Netherthorpe Award pages on the website for more details.


Regional events

Events staged in the regions are open to all members but please register your intention to attend with the organiser in case numbers are restricted and to help with catering if necessary.

Eastern: Following the success of the Midlands region workshop covering video production and presentation skills for the web, Eastern region events co-ordinator Louise Impey would like to hear from other Guild members who would welcome a chance to attend a similar three-hour workshop this autumn. Expressions of interest or otherwise to Louise on 01582 872271 or by email. 

Midlands: The trials and tribulations of working self-employed in the agricultural communications sector is the topic for discussion on Tuesday, July 12 led by long-time PR specialist George Chancellor at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth. See website News for details or contact Midlands secretary Liz Snaith. 

Scotland: Members of the Guild inScotland enjoyed an evening reception at the Royal Highland Show sponsored by the Vion Food Group. Other contributors to the lavish buffet came from Morrisons, Mackies of Scotland and First Milk.

Year Book published

Another excellent Year Book has been published on behalf of the Guild by Wendy and Peter Ryder of Lancer Public Relations with a cover image donated by freelancer lensman John Eveson. The publication also benefits from the welcome support of a number of businesses that advertise their media services and contacts.

All members should have received a copy by now, so any member without a copy should notify the secretary, Clemmie Gleeson – it may be that the Guild does not have an up to date postal address or that the annual subscription has not been paid correctly. Notify Peter and Wendy Ryder of any corrections or updates to personal entries, which will then also be circulated in the monthly eAlert.

Year Book updates

Further news from Guild member James Lane (see May eAlert), who has been appointed Sales & Marketing Manager for Agrifac UK, the GB distributor of Agrifac spraying and sugar beet harvesting equipment. He can be contacted by mobile 07860 288973 and his email address.

Guild member James Withers (left) is leaving NFU Scotland as chief executive to take up the same post at the promotional body Scotland Food & Drink in September this year. Contact details will be advised in due course.

John Swire will be moving to the home address published in the Year Book in August, so his postal address remains as published in the 2010/11 Year Book and the home office phone number 01538 266626 remains unchanged until then.

A modest but important change has been made to the email address of Guild member Laura Dickinson, development, events and marketing manager at the Addington Fund charity.

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.

The British Society of Plant Breeders is looking for someone to gather stories, articles, data, images and video clips from its members for a communications project on plant breeding developments across a range of crops. Contact chief executive Dr Penny Maplestone for details.


Newsquest is publishing a second title in its new ‘Farmer’ series for southern England– see News on the Guild website.

The editor’s role on British Sugar’s beet review magazine has been taken over by Robin Limb, who can be contacted by email.  Former editor Colin Walters remains on the editorial committee.

International journalism

The latest edition of IFAJ News is now available on the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists website to read about issues, events and initiatives concerning agricultural editors, photographers and reporters around the World.

Perkins Power on the Farm award

Prizes were generously extended to fourth place by Perkins Engines for the Guild’s 2011 Power on the Farm journalism awards. See who won and how the winners celebrated on the award's web page.


What's on the website?

Use the link to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists website to download training materials, add your details to the freelance journalist register, and find contacts through Guilds across the world.

On the website News pages ……

Editorial campaign award for Farmers Guardian

Video for the web - training opportunity this Friday

Useful guidance on being self-employed

Member profile - Janine Heath

European Commission website for farm sector news

New farming title for southernEngland

New PR teams for Limagrain and Nickerson

Guild Friends - Rob Yorke and Ian Leach

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.



Johann Tasker

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