This international resource and service from the University of Illinois features concepts, issues, media and methods for human communications related to food and nutrition, farming and rural life, natural resources and the environment, renewable energy, natural fibers, rural development and other aspects of agriculture. Welcome to this interactive website and please check with us whenever we can help you identify and gather information.
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Paying attention to media coverage of H1N1 flu in the U. S. Here are several recent analyses of the amount and kinds of media attention devoted to the H1N1 flu:
New IFAJ report highlights 11 uses of blogs to cover agriculture. Visit the web site of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists to see a recent review of ways in which journalists in various countries are using blogs to cover agriculture. Uses range from entertainment to hard-news coverage, and beyond. Maybe you can add to this list, from your experience.
Campaign promotes fair trade in the United Kingdom. We have added to the ACDC collection a case report about "Fairtrade Fortnight." The author is Barbara Crowther of the Fairtrade Foundation, a UK-based independent body that awards the FAIRTRADE Mark to products. The 2009 Fortnight took place during late February and early March. According to this report, the 2008 campaign secured 5,300 media hits across various UK media and involved other activities such as 12,000 local events and visiting farm organization representatives from abroad.
"Our campaign reached an estimated 15 million adults, whilst retailers reported increased product sales during the Fortnight," Crowther reported.
No picture without people. "Zooming zestfully: documentary on photo journalism" is a 12-minute exploration of a photojournalist's approach to working in rural India. Freelance photographer Zishaan Latif permitted two journalism students to document him on the job.
"The human side of life" is Latif's beat and he explains that he takes no picture without people. This report, available on YouTube, features some of his photos. You will also see how he goes about taking them.
How students gain global agri-food perspectives (plus media skills). Fifty-one University of Illinois students have been "immersed" in the European agri-food sector during the past two years. At the same time, they have learned to use a variety of communications skills. These students have done so through an International Business Immersion Program (IBIP) program with the theme: "Firm, channel and industry dynamics within the European agri-food sector." Each year, they completed a preparatory course on campus, then an intense two-week immersion in agri-food activities throughout Europe. On the communications side, each student learned and applied skills in research reporting, interviewing, blogging, video production and article writing.
You can learn more about the program and see the trip book and photos during students' 2008 and 2009 studies in Europe at: http://ibip.illinois.edu
Juan Valdez: updating the image of a global icon. Since 1959, a sombrero-wearing Colombian farmer, Juan Valdez, has served as "coffee ambassador to the world." Colombia is recognized as the first South American nation to claim an association between a country and a world commodity. Recently, the image of Juan Valdez has been retooled. Reporting recently in the International Public Relations Association web site, Juan-Carlos Molleda explained steps the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia has taken since 2004. The Federation has revamped the Valdez image to one of a youthful and authentic identity through a national contest that included the active participation of real Colombian coffee growers.
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Precision ag sends courtship message. We close this issue of ACDC News with an example of using precision farming technologies for special kinds of communicating. Thanks to ZimmComm New Media for calling our attention to it.
You can see how a Texas crop grower recently used his GPS-based guidance system to plow the letters of his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Lauren. She got the message when he invited her for an airplane ride that passed over the property. View the couple and the proposal message at:
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