Guild of Agricultural Journalists/John Deere Journalism Training Award

Dates announced for Guild’s 2012 training award!

The Guild of Agricultural Journalists and John Deere Limited have announced the dates of this year’s training course for potential agricultural and horticultural journalists – Sunday to Tuesday July 8 to 10, 2012 (plus three days’ work experience to be arranged for successful applicants).

Now in its 20th year, the course is designed to support one of the principal aims of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists – that of promoting schemes for the provision of suitable entrants into agricultural and horticultural journalism.

Many of today’s journalists and PR executives working in the land-based industries received an early boost to their careers from winning a place on previous John Deere Training Award courses – they include 2011 course member Rhian Price, who joined Poultry World in January as a new reporter, and course winner Matthew Sharp, who is now busy freelancing for Farmers Weekly, Farming Online, the National Farmers Union and Newcastle Journal’s farming section.

The John Deere Training Award is aimed at graduating students keen to work in the agricultural and horticultural media, and at journalists or public relations staff who have less than 12 months’ practical work experience.

There are 10 places available on this annual course, which is in two parts. The first two full days, at John Deere’s headquarters in Langar,Nottingham, involve lectures by experienced training consultant David Mascord, with practical exercises that cover the main media sectors. The final three days see each of the selected course members given practical work experience at one of a range of specialist magazines, newspapers or PR consultancies across theUK.

At the end of the course, each person has to write a news story for judging by an expert panel. The winner receives a £250 cheque and the handsome John Deere trophy, with an informal presentation taking place later in the year.

Those interested in attending the course, who must be studying or resident in Great Britain, have until Friday May 25, 2012 to return a completed application form.

The course is completely free of charge, although successful applicants are expected to cover their own out of pocket expenses.

Click here to get the Application Form as a PDF.

Click here to get the Application Form as ‘writable’ Word Document.