Building Tomorrow’s Leaders: TAMU ACT Attends 2019 National Agricultural Media Summit

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TAMU Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter attended the national Agricultural Media Summit. L to R: Shannon Norris ’20, Hunter Woods ’21, Victoria Arriazola ’21, Jason Winkler ’20, Layne Mustian ’21 (elected to the 2019–2020 National ACT Officer Team) and Rebecca Thompson ’20.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Texas A&M University’s chapter of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow attended the 2019 Ag Media Summit July 27–31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Agricultural Media Summit (AMS) is an industry-wide meeting that offers new opportunities for professionals in agricultural communications to network and gain professional skills through various meetings and educational tours

Each year the student organization, National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, meets in conjunction with AMS as a way for students to undergo professional development and connect with specialists in the industry and other students across the nation. Four students and two advisors—Victoria Arriazola ’21, Layne Mustian ’21, Jason Winkler ’20, Hunter Woods ’21, Shannon Norris ’20 and Rebecca Thompson ’20—attended the conference from the Texas A&M ACT chapter.

“AMS prepares students for careers in agricultural communications by allowing opportunities to build relationships with leaders in the field,” said Shannon Norris ‘20, doctoral candidate studying Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at Texas A&M. “It also provides exposure to strategies and mediums to communicate about issues related to the food, fiber and natural resource industries.”

The agenda included sessions about graphic design, building confidence in the work place, the mental health of farmers, creative writing and much more. Each topic provided relevant information to attendees on how to maximize their message through multiple forms of communication.

“AMS really helped me with my professional development,” said Hunter Woods ‘21, junior agricultural communications and journalism major at Texas A&M. “When you are around so many important ag journalism pioneers, you feel like you’re going in to the right profession. These people have moved mountains for us to be able to learn the things we do today.”

Additionally, the conference participants review old and new business and elect the incoming officer team for the next year. This year, Layne Mustian, agricultural communications and journalism junior, was elected as the communications coordinator and will represent the TAMU ACT chapter on the 2019–2020 national officer team.

“I am beyond excited to take on this role of leadership,” Mustian said. “Being able to represent my university on a national scale while promoting agricultural communications is nothing short of rewarding. I am looking forward to this new year and finding ways I can help other students find their passion in this organization.”

The National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow will hold their next meeting at the 2019 Professional Development Conference in Kansas City in November.

Current students looking to join Texas A&M University Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow can attend the first meeting Sept. 10. Follow @act_tamu on Instagram or @TAMUACT on Facebook for chapter updates.

Story Written by: Layne Mustian


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