ACDC News – Issue 98-04

Benchline study on agricultural journalism education.

Thanks to Richard Lee and Mark Tucker of the University of Missouri, our collection now contains an important benchmark study of agricultural journalism education in the United States. A copy of the document arrived recently:Clyde H. Duncan, “An evaluation of the agricultural journalism curriculum in land grant colleges.”Master’s thesis, University of Missouri, June 1957. 201 pages.

Among the topics featured:

Origins of agricultural journalism education.Curricula recommendations of professional agricultural journalists.What the teachers say and recommend.Courses that made successful agricultural journalists.Past and present agricultural journalism curricula comparisons.Where agricultural journalism is taught.Recent developments in agricultural journalism curricula planning.Summation and conclusions.

Let us know if you would like to arrange to see this document or get information from it.

More INTERPAKS documents being added.

This month we are adding dozens of documents from the reference library of the International Program for Agricultural Knowledge Systems (INTERPAKS) of the University of Illinois. As the program name implies, these documents involve the communications aspects of agricultural and rural development, globally. For example, here are some of the documents that we are adding:

Urban bias and food policy in poor countries.The role of extension agents in Upper Volta and Zaire.Strengthening extension for development: some current issues.When people don’t come first: some sociological lessons from completed projects.Promoting the participation of women in food marketing and credit.Training needs of information services in agricultural research and educational organizations in Asia:a 9-country survey.

Professional meetings scheduled.

Here are the approaching meetings of several U.S. professional agricultural communicator organizations.

April 15-17, 1998       Agri-Marketing Conference and Trade Show at Hyatt
                        Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas.
                        Conference hotline: 1-800-530-5646

May 3-6, 1998           North Central Regional Meeting, Agricultural
                        Communicators in Education (ACE) at Ramkota Inn,
                        Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
                        Contact:  Larry Tennyson at

June 6-9, 1998          Annual Institute of the Cooperative Communicators
                        Association at La Fonda On The Plaza, Santa Fe,
                        New Mexico.   
                        Contacts:  Raymond Crouch or Stephanie Smith at

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Best regards and good searching.

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