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Training and Development

Members and Friends of the Guild have access to continuous professional development (CPD) workshops on social media, writing skills, broadcasting, photography and other topics.

Guild CPD workshops

Based on the most popular courses voted for via a membership questionnaire, a three-year CPD programme of courses and workshops is now underway, focusing on various aspects of communications skills.

    Kindly sponsored and hosted by AGCO, a target number of three courses will be run each year. Members will be notified of all course dates via eAlerts and the Guild website.

    For further details, please email the Guild at

    Journalism Training Award, sponsored by John Deere

    The Guild's John Deere-sponsored new entrants training scheme is held for 10 trainees from different backgrounds: horticulture, agriculture, PR or agri-media and agricultural engineering. Trainees often have very little or no practical experience of journalism.

    The course is held at John Deere’s headquarters in Nottinghamshire and run by a professional training consultant, with some lectures also delivered by Guild members.

    Short-term placements offered by a number of farming and horticultural publications, as well as PR and marketing agencies, provide real-world experience of the profession.

    Other opportunities

    Professional development materials are available from the website of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and workshops often form part of the IFAJ Congress programme.

    Information on accredited courses in journalism is available on the website of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

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    Book now – Media Law & Ethics Workshop

    Bookings are being taken for the Guild's media law and ethics workshop, to be held on Monday, 18 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. This will be a highly practical one-day session covering the main areas of media law and ethics affecting…


    Save the date: Guild training days for 2019

    We are pleased to announce the dates for the Guild's first training sessions of 2019 – both of which are shown below. Further information will be available as soon as we have it – but for now, please save the dates if you are interested in…


    Sarah Beard wins Guild’s 2018 Journalism Training Award

    This year’s winner of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Journalism Training Award sponsored by John Deere is Sarah Beard from Worcestershire, whose course work experience placement was with Farmers Guardian. Sarah qualified in 2010…


    Dates unveiled for Guild's 2018 John Deere Training Course

    Applications are now open for this year’s Guild training course for potential agricultural and horticultural journalists, sponsored by John Deere. The dates of the 2018 John Deere Training Award are Sunday 1 July to Tuesday 3 July, plus three…


    Agri-hub’s Charlotte Cunningham wins 2017 Training Award

    This year’s winner of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Journalism Training Award sponsored by John Deere is Charlotte Cunningham (pictured centre, right) from Cullompton, Devon. Charlotte has been working since January as an…


    Guild training courses open to Members during 2017

    Need to brush up on your writing skills? Keen to expand your freelance career? Or eager to make the most of social media? A one-day training Guild course could be just what you're looking for. Four short training courses covering various aspects…


    Training options - members' views sought

    Over the past three years, the Guild has offered a small number of well-received professional training courses – including photography, video production for the web and social media – and is now looking to run a wider variety of high quality,…


    Video for the web - training opportunity this Friday

    A few places are available for the Guild’s second CPD event on the skills, techniques and equipment required for making, editing and posting videos to the web. It’s being held on Friday – July 1 – at The Farmers Club,London. “We decided to repeat…


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