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South Africa beckons for journo Chris after winning major award

Rachel McNabb

Reporter:

Rachel McNabb

BALLYMENA born journalist Chris McCullough has won another major award for his work which will this time see him return to South Africa on another reporting mission.

Chris won the award of a week’s stay with flights to South Africa by producing a number of news and feature stories during a past reporting trip to South Africa in 2017.

These stories focused on South African dairying, pigs, chickens, beef, machinery, tourism, wine production, vegetables and indeed farm attacks and murders.

Chris spent 10 days in South Africa travelling around farms from Pretoria in the west to the Cape Flats in the south east reporting on the challenges and opportunities facing South African farmers.

During a recent International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress in the Netherlands Chris was presented with the award jointly provided by the South African Guild, Agricultural Writers SA, and Monsanto by Magda du Toit who is guild member and Monsanto South Africa communications manager.

Magda said: “After the 2017 IFAJ congress in South Africa, the local guild, Agricultural Writers SA, at the closing ceremony, announced that they will award a prize to the person who wrote the most articles about the congress, about South Africa and other articles that had their origin from contacts made during the congress.

“After receiving feedback and articles from congress participants, it was clear that Chris had to be the recipient of the prize.

The prize comprises a return flight ticket to South Africa and three nights accommodation and Monsanto also indicated that they will add to this prize and sponsor another two nights accommodation and a visit to a farmer.”

Chris and Magda will make a plan for the trip which will include a number of farm and company visits along with some relaxing time meeting friends.

Chris said: “I am very humbled yet excited to have won this superb opportunity to South Africa. It’s a country I know quite well and cherish every chance I have to go there.

“The IFAJ congress there in 2017 was a huge success and provided me with many stories to tell. I am very honoured that international editors continue to adjudge my journalism as worthy to meet their high acceptability criteria for publishing.

“With that in mind I would like to thank each and every one of my editors across the world and of course thank Monsanto and the Agricultural Writers SA for providing me another opportunity to report from a country I enjoy travelling around so much,” he added.

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