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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"Suddenly, we dig farming" is the title of a lively commentary we added recently to the ACDC collection. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Meghan Daum surveyed current public passions such as:
Read it here.
PR not enough in a food recall. Most companies in the food supply chain have a Plan A for recalls, according to an executive cited in an article we entered recently from Food Logistics. That is, they assume they will never have a recall. Some companies have plans to "focus on preventive measures and on public relations approaches for brands under siege." Few get around to what recall planning actually requires:
This article by Carol Casper reviews information technology systems that permit a company - presented with a single piece of data such as a purchase order - to identify the location or disposition of every affected product within minutes if not seconds. That's a vital key to protecting consumers, and their trust, when recalls occur.
You can read the article here.
Mobile phones give voice to those the media seldom cover. A recent survey in India revealed that an estimated 2 percent of space in mainstream media involved rural people and activities. Access to Internet and private television is low there, as well. However, mobile penetration is high, and growing. So mobile telephones are helping rural residents talk to each other, and the outside world, about matters important to them, according to a BBC report we added recently to the ACDC collection. The report describes a platform by CGnet Swara that works like this:
You can read the report here.
"Industry lobbying keeps public in the dark about broadband," reads the headline of a March report from the Investigative Reporting Workshop of American University. The report by John Dunbar says that since 1999 the largest broadband and wireless providers and their trade associations have spent $873 million lobbying. Part of that effort focuses on conflicting views about providing "public data that could help the nation determine the width and depth of the so-called digital divide." Concerns involve deployment of broadband services to rural America and low-income areas.
Read the report here.
On creative media: Smell of barbecued steak - from a billboard. Bloom food stores, located in several states of the southeastern U.S., are using scented air technologies to "jump out and really grab the consumers' attention." A billboard along the highway features a juicy steak while a big fan blows pepper and charcoal smells toward the road to add a hickory barbecue smell to what the passersby see.
You can read several news reports about this food advertising experiment, including some reactions from consumers.
Encouraging employment outlook. Encouraging word for agricultural communicators comes from a new U. S. Department of Agriculture report on employment opportunities between 2010-2015. More than 6,200 annual job openings are expected in communications, education and governmental operations involved with agricultural and food systems, renewable resources and the environment. Among the priority occupations cited:
"Graduates who are highly skilled in using electronic media and have experiences in multimedia operations will be most competitive."
Opportunities for public relations specialists in these areas of agriculture are expected to increase 24 percent during the coming five years while opportunities for technical writers are expected to increase 18 percent.
You can read the report here.
Hosting a Nuffield Scholar. We in ACDC were pleased to host 2010 Nuffield Scholar Caroline Stocks of the Farmers Weekly ( UK) during part of last week. The international Nuffield Scholar Program recognizes excellence and develops leadership in agriculture. Caroline is deputy news editor of Farmers Weekly. She is using her scholarship experience to learn how media and organizations around the world communicate with their farmers. Her current travels involve research in Canada and the U.S. Later, she plans to gather information in Australia, India and the Netherlands. This week, she scouted the ACDC collection for research and other information of interest. She also met with some agricultural journalists and producers in east-central Illinois.
Visitors welcomed. We are always pleased to host professionals, students, faculty members and others interested in agricultural journalism and communications. Let us know if ACDC can be a "home base" and "research center" when you or your associates are looking for new skills, case examples, perspectives and background resources about effective agricultural journalism and communications.
Communicator activities approaching
July 24-28, 2010
August 26-29, 2010
September 1-3, 2010
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