Important deadlines

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Dear Members

Please note three important deadlines coming up for the Agricultural Journalism Awards, a super professional development opportunity through IFAJ and an ENAJ low budget press trip to Vienna.Regards
Antonina Ni Dhuinn
Secretary – Guild of Agricultural Journalists – Southern Section

REMINDER – 31st AUGUST CLOSING DATE FOR AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISM AWARDS

A reminder that you have up until 31st August 2018 to submit entries for the Agricultural Journalism Awards.  Organised by the Guild of Agricultural Journalists every two years, they aim to encourage excellence in the coverage of farming, food and rural life on the island of Ireland.  The awards are open to journalists in national and local media and also to consultants in the communications sector, throughout Ireland. 

You must submit entries via the Guild website – details about award categories and criteria are at http://agriguild.ie/awards-entry-form-2018/

Enquiries about the Agricultural Journalism Awards should be directed to Colm Cronin, 087-2525653/colmcronin@live.com or Gemma Smyth 087-9156639 /gemma@gemmasmith.ie.

The awards are held with the support of FBD Insurance and the prize-giving ceremony will take place in the Castleknock Hotel & Spa, Dublin on Friday, 2nd November, 2018.  

YOUR CHANCE TO APPLY FOR PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

Thinking about your own personal professional development as an agricultural journalist ? 

You can find out more about a new Development Bursary Fund here  http://ifaj.org/the-ifaj-scholars-program/

It is organised by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) in association with Caterpillar.  It might just hold the key to achieving one of your ambitions.     The closing date for applications is 21st September 2018.


APPLICANTS INVITED FOR ENAJ PRESS TRIP TO VIENNA

Our agricultural journalism colleagues in Austria, the VAÖ, along with the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) have extended an invitation to Guild members to apply for an interesting Low Budget Press Trip from 23rd-25th September 2018, which includes an informal meeting of agriculture Ministers near Vienna.

The invitation is extended by the “Verband der Agrarjournalisten und – publizisten Österreichs” (VAÖ) and the programm is co-organised by the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism. The costs are 130 Euro per person.

The programme starts and ends at Vienna airport in Schwechat – please read the attachments for further information.

The trip starts with a focus on Austrian wine – from wine scandal in the 1980 to success. It includes a visit to a family winery near Lake Neusiedl. The first day ends with a reception of COPA-COGECA with a fantastic view over Vienna.

On the second day, the group joins Ministers and Commissioner Phil Hogan. On the third day you are invited to a seminar of Danube Soy, where the future of European protein supply will be discussed.

If you are interested and available to travel, expressions of interest must go directly to a.krebs@bauernzeitung.ch no later than 30th August, 2018.   The organising team in Austria will be responsible for selecting candidates and liaising with them in relation to the trip.