Food and Farming Journalism Bursary winners announced

The winners of the Food and Farming Journalism Bursary, developed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ), have been announced.

Fiona Turnbull of Fruix Farm, Kinross and Jo Learmonth of Greens of Savoch, Auchnagatt, near Ellon are the joint winners of the bursary, after submitting impressive applications.

QMS said the bursary, which was timed to coincide with the World Congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) in Aberdeenshire, aims to encourage people to consider a career in food and farming journalism. Both the winners recently completed the BGAJ/John Deere Journalism Training Award course and will have the opportunity to take part in work experience with various titles. The pair will also take part in the IFAJ Congress as part of their bursary award.

Turnbull is a sheep farmer with an HND in Agriculture and a postgraduate diploma in Agribusiness, both from SAC Aberdeen. Learmonth is farm data manager at Auchmacoy Estate and has a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and an MSc in Crop Protection. QMS said both Jo and Fiona shared an interest in communicating the quality of Scottish food, as well as farming, and both have had stories published in the press.

Carol McLaren, head of communications at QMS, said: “One of the aims of this award was to encourage aspiring journalists, writers and bloggers to help the public better understand the commitment, passion and skills behind top quality Scottish food – such as Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.

“We were delighted with the exceptionally high standard of entries we received for the award and pleased that we have been able to give bursaries to both Fiona and Jo. We look forward to reading their articles in the press in the future.”

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