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Young Canadian journalist honored with ag award

Published on 22 May 2014

A total of 10 participants were selected for this year’s IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award, with one of the recipients hailing from Alberta, Canada.

Debra Murphy, field editor with RealAgriculture.com, was recently selected as a regional finalist for the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award. The award, bestowed upon 10 journalists around the world, supports the winners’ participation in the IFAJ Congress and in an intensive journalistic boot camp-style workshop, which takes place this year Sept. 2-3, prior to the IFAJ Congress in Scotland. The candidates were nominated by their peers via their respective agricultural journalists guilds.

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“Earning the chance to travel to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists 2014 Congress in Scotland is a valuable asset to my future role in agricultural journalism,” Murphy said. “The boot camp, live reporting and constructive criticism of experts in the field will enhance my skills in writing, while the tours will provide me with further knowledge of international agriculture.”

Murphy, who holds a bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Alberta, co-managed her family farm in Alberta and served as a youth leader for Canada World Youth in Nova Scotia and Indonesia, before joining RealAgriculture in 2013.

“We need strong, vibrant journalists investigating and sharing agriculture’s greatest stories, so we are proud to support talented messengers such as Debra,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.

“I'm pleased to see that Debra Murphy will be participating in the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders boot camp,” said Lisa Guenther, president of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. “As a former young leader, I know the program offers excellent professional development and networking opportunities to journalists. I personally found it inspiring to work through the boot camp program with other young journalists from around the globe. It's a wonderful way to widen one's perspective.”

“Almost 80 young journalists have honed their talent through this program, which is now in its ninth year,” said Riitta Mustonen, IFAJ secretary general and competition coordinator. “The fact that we have witnessed continuous winners from Canada is a sign of the passion we have for agricultural journalism and the strength of the industry as a whole in this country.”  PD

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—From Alltech news release

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