SD journalist heads to leadership program in Germany
Two North America agricultural journalists were selected for the 2016 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award.
Sarah Hill, a freelance journalist from Brookings, South Dakota, USA, and Julienne Isaacs, a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, were chosen for this year’s 11th annual award. The award supports the winners’ participation in the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress and an intensive boot camp-style workshop. This year’s boot camp will take place July 11-12, prior to the IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany.
“Year after year, we continue to see the best and brightest in agricultural journalism from around the globe receive this award,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Congratulations to these two exceptional candidates from our North America region as they exemplify the skills and dedication needed to communicate and connect farm to fork.”
The IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders selection process involved a written submission, a critique of the candidate’s leadership potential, a demonstration of leadership abilities and a narrative explaining his/her desire in being involved in the program.
Hill, who started her own freelance agricultural communications company in March 2016, currently manages communication projects for clients, including DairyBusiness and Holstein World magazines and the American Angus Association. She previously worked for DairyBusiness Communication, MorganMyers and the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service. Hill, who grew up on a 60-cow dairy in Missouri, received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Missouri.
Isaacs currently writes for Top Crop Manager, Grainews, Country Guide, Manitoba Co-operator, CAAR Communicator, Potatoes in Canada and other publications. Before freelancing, she served as editor-in-chief of Spud Smart, a magazine focused on potato production in Canada. While Isaacs covers all aspects of crop production, her focus is on new and emerging research and technology that improves sustainable crop production.
Nearly 100 young journalists have received the award and strengthened their communication skills in the agricultural journalism sector since the program first began in 2005.