Bursary for food and farming journalism announced

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) have launched an initiative to encourage people into a career in agriculture.

The ‘Food and Farming Journalism Bursary’ has been announced to coincide with the world congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) to be held in Aberdeenshire in September 2014. The congress, Innovations from a Small Island, will host 200 agriculture journalists from around the world. QMS and BGAJ are looking for applicants with an interest in food and farming as well as a flair for writing. The winner will be granted a place at the IFAJ congress and its boot camp beforehand.

Carol McLaren, head of communications at QMS, said: “Those who work at the heart of our food and farming industry are rightly very proud of the job they do and the top-class food we produce – such as Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI – which has earned a global reputation for quality and taste.

“We hope this initiative will help to encourage aspiring journalists, writers and bloggers to take a keen interest in our industry and understand the fantastic story our industry has to tell in terms of our environmental, social and economic sustainability.”

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