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CSUC Alumnus Wins International Award On Agro-Journalism

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), has named Business and Financial Times Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Kizito Cudjoe, as a recipient of the 2017 Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism (IFAJ) Award.

Mr. Cudjoe, who is also a gardja.org online editor, is a product of the Communication Studies Department of Christian Service University College. He graduated in 2016.

“Each year Alltech has the chance to support 10 young journalists from around the globe as they strengthen their skill set and grow in the field of agricultural journalism,” says Tracey Flinter, European Communications Manager, Alltech.

He was also recognized last year by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) as the 2016 Tourism Correspondent of the Year.

The IFAJ’s Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award recognizes the leadership potential of young members from countries belonging to IFAJ, and supports their participation at an IFAJ congress.

The IFAJ is an international organization of agricultural journalists, which the Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) is a member.

IFAJ’s award program is part of the Federation’s deep commitment to professional development. Participating and reviewing the entries provides all members opportunities to learn from colleagues around the world and appreciate exposure to some of the industry’s best works.

In all 10 agriculture journalists, were selected to receive the award in April 2016 at South Africa.

The selection process consisted of points for a written submission, the judge’s impression of the candidates’ leadership potential, their proven leadership abilities and a narrative explaining their interest in the young leader’s program.

The IFAJ noted that these 10 outstanding young men and women have demonstrated their skills as journalists and are poised to become leaders in their national agricultural journalism guilds in the years to come.

TheIFAJ president, Owen Roberts, said the award is a recognition of their accomplishments and an opportunity to engage in professional development and leadership training among others that will allow them to reach new heights.

The Young Leader award includes participation in a two-day professional development workshop immediately prior to the IFAJ congress.

The program, sponsored by Alltech, a global animal nutrition and crop science company, emphasizes reporting skills and leadership training.

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