Become a Guild Member, Friend or Student Friend
Becoming a fully-entitled Member of the Guild is open to anyone who specialises in agriculture, horticulture or other rural industries, and is involved in journalism, broadcasting, publishing or commercial photography or press and public relations. This includes overseas residents whose work is published or broadcast in Great Britain.
For those who do not qualify on this basis, the associate categories Friend and Student Friend are available to enjoy many of the benefits of Guild membership.
The Guild is a community of professionals with regular networking and training opportunities both in Britain and overseas. It is also a source of news about members' professional activities, and represents their interests through other organisations in the rural sector.
All members of the Guild are affiliated to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), a collective of similar Guilds, associations and press clubs around the world, and to the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ).
Both the IFAJ and ENAJ provide networking and professional development opportunities, and journalism and PR contacts. The IFAJ Press card (available to Members from the Guild secretary) is recognised at many overseas events.
Benefits of Guild Membership include:
- Social and business events throughout the year, providing opportunities for networking with other members and GB agricultural industry representatives.
- Associate membership of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ), giving access to contacts around the world, the opportunity to participate in overseas events, including the IFAJ annual congress, and an internationally-recognised IFAJ Press card.
- Access to an accredited UK Press Card via the Newspaper Society for those that qualify.
- A personal copy of the Guild Year Book – an invaluable reference of members professonal interests and services with contact details.
- A free listing on the Guild’s www.FarmingMediaCentre.co.uk website database of members’ freelance services and areas of expertise.
- Monthly eAlerts and a regularly updated website carrying news and information about Guild events, awards, training initiatives and its members, and the publications, agencies and companies for which they work.
- Notification of job vacancies, positions wanted and invitations to tender for work.
- The chance to win one of several prestigious Guild and International journalism, broadcasting and photography awards with generous cash prizes, plus travel Scholarships.
- Support from the Guild’s Charitable Trust in the event of financial difficulties through ill-health or loss of work.
People who qualify as a Member regularly engage in journalism or press and public relations in the rural sector in Great Britain, including those based overseas. They are likely to work for a publisher or an agency, as a freelance journalist, photographer or PR professional, or operate in a communications role within a manufacturing, service or supply organisation.
Those who do not qualify on this basis but who wish to support or maintain contacts with Members can become a Friend of the Guild. They enjoy much the same benefits but do not have a vote and are ineligible to enter awards.
Students studying a relevant course can become a Student Friend for half the standard membership fee.
There is also a Retired Member category for those no longer actively engaged in journalism, photography or press and public relations but who wish to remain in touch with friends and colleagues. After successfully applying to the secretary for Retired Member status, they pay half the regular membership subscription but forfeit voting rights and do not qualify to enter Guild awards.
Because the Guild is on HM Revenues & Customs list of professional organisations, the membership subscription is tax deductable if paid personally and can be entered as such on an income tax return.
Download a Benefits of membership document
The following video, compiled by Ian Damms of Breeze & Freeze at the 2011 annual Harvest Lunch held at Stationers' Hall in London, gives a flavour of what attracts people to the Guild.