09 Sep Past BBC Presenter Founds New Communications Project For British Agriculture
‘Just Farmers’ aims to build confidence among farmers and growers about talking to the media; while helping journalists and programme makers find independent, authentic voices at the grassroots of farming!
Here at SAYFC, we are in the hope that our current and future members will collaborate with the project, to connect with likeminded independent farmers and gain a cohesive voice in society!
If you’re a farmer or grower, this is where you can put yourself forward. ‘Just Farmers’ would like our members to complete THIS QUESTIONNAIRE so they can learn about you and your farm, your thoughts on working with the media and what you hope to get out of the training that they provide! Please email your completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful applicants will join them for two media education workshops, one in a UK city and the other on a farm. The aim is to improve understanding of how the media works and what journalists need to do their job. We do practical interview exercises, story pitching sessions, Q&As with guest journalists and step out of our comfort zone by meeting people who may think differently about food and farming. ‘Just Farmers’ is about listening as well as talking.
The second workshop builds on those skills, with a focus on social media and broadcast media.
The workshops are fully funded by ‘Just Farmers’ and they are due to run workshops twice annually! The only cost to our farmers is time – two days for each workshop – and your travel there and back.
Be inspired and join the group – headed up by journalist and broadcaster Anna Jones who is a farmer’s daughter from the Welsh Borders, who covered rural affairs at the BBC for 12 years! Anna’s duties included directing BBC One’s Countryfile and producing and presenting Radio 4’s Farming Today, On Your Farm and Costing the Earth. She left the corporation in April 2018 to focus on Just Farmers, but still works for the BBC in a freelance capacity.
By registering with them, you can access the contact details of a wide range of independent farmers, for free. They are all happy to be contacted directly by members of the media . All that they ask is that you provide a few details about yourself; https://jonesthejourno.com/2019/08/26/the-princes-countryside-fund-backs-just-farmers/