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Participants selected for 2013 Young Leaders award

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Ten participants have been selected for this year’s IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award.

The award supports the winners’ participation in an IFAJ congress and in an intensive journalistic boot camp-style workshop. This year’s boot camp takes place Aug. 30 to 31, prior to the IFAJ congress in Argentina.

The successful applicants for 2013 are:

1. Jennifer M. Latzke, agricultural journalist, High Plains Journal (United States of America);

2. Frida Jonson, web editor, ATL (Sweden);

3. Carla Wiese-Smith, livestock editor, The Land (Australia);

4. Kim Waalderbos, freelance farm writer and farmer (Canada);

5. Darren Carty, livestock Specialist, Irish Farmers Journal (Ireland);

6. Rouven Zietz, editor of JOULE, renewable energy magazine (Germany);

7. Tienke Wouda, editor in Nieuwe Oogst, magazine of Dutch Farmers Union (Netherlands);

8. Jyotika Sood, journalist in www.downtoearth.org.in (India);

9. Alita van der Walt, editor of Farmer’s Weekly (South Africa); and

10. Alona Novichkova, tv-journalist (Ukraine).

Candidates were nominated by their respective agricultural journalism guilds.

The selection process consisted of points for a written submission, judges’ impression of the candidates’ leadership potential, their proven leadership abilities and a narrative explaining their interest in the young leaders’ program.

The judges for the 2013 competition were IFAJ executive members Marianne Mork of Norway, Jacques van Outryve of Belgium and Antonio Brunori of Italy. Competition coordinator is Riitta Mustonen, IFAJ secretary general.

Almost 70 young journalists have already got the chance to strengthen their skills and expand their global network through this awesome program. IFAJ appreciates greatly of the vision of Dr. Pearse Lyons to support up-and-coming leaders in journalism this way.

“Stories are important. They help people to connect and to remember, which is why it is essential that we encourage young writers, broadcasters and photographers in the field of agriculture,” said Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “In an age of disconnect from the farm, we need creative and strong storytellers who can communicate our story to the next generation.”

“This award exists already for 8th year thanks to the vision, generosity and constant support of Alltech, particularly its emphasis on youth development,” says Mustonen. “IFAJ greatly appreciates Alltech’s commitment to the future of agricultural journalism and to our federation.”

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists is a non-political, professional association for agricultural journalists in 32 countries. IFAJ supports and encourages the practice of agricultural journalism in countries embracing freedom of the press.

Date: 4/15/2013



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