Mary Baxter, who writes the monthly Favourite Spaces column for London Community News, is this year’s winner of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for print journalism. The award was announced at the IFAJ congress in Sweden.
Baxter’s article, Lyme disease: the painful and hard-to-diagnose condition, was published in Better Farming magazine.
Frederik Thalbitzer of Denmark received distinguished recognition for the story, Sugar beets are full of gas, in Planteavlerens Fagmagasin. Honorable mention went to Friederike Krick of Germany, for her story, Keine Angst vor groβen Herausforderungen, published in Neue Landwirtschaft.
The Star Prize for print journalism is sponsored by John Deere. The winner receives a certificate, gold IFAJ pin and 1,000 Euro cash prize. The runner up receives a 500 Euro cash prize.
The judges said Baxter wrote “a beautiful piece using a nice mix of human interest story telling and scientific research, exemplifying great journalism. Although it's a story about a sensitive subject, zoonoses, Better Farming had the guts to publish it.”
Judges were Ed Cassavoy, news editor for the Toronto Star newspaper, and Rochus Kingmans, former editor of Boerderij and head of publishing for CRV, The Netherlands. Competition co-ordinator was IFAJ secretary general Owen Roberts.
Further information about the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism is available at www.ifaj.org, or by contacting Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.