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AGCJ 100th Birthday Party Celebration

Although the agricultural communications and journalism program at Texas A&M has had many different names over the years, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the original agricultural journalism program. Our current and former students write everything from #headlinestohashtags and solve global issues through communication and education. Join us in celebrating 100 years of agricultural communications and journalism at Texas A&M! Our celebratory event will take place at the Cavalry Court Stables and feature a happy hour, dinner and live entertainment. Hotel Block A hotel block for Thursday and Friday… Read More →

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a treadmill! To ensure… Read More →

Students Attend Professional Development Conference in Kansas City

By: Mollie Lastovica Four students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications attended in the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 13-15. Undergraduates Karina Farias, Jennifer Enocksen and Jackie Hill, along with graduate student David Walther represented the university while fostering relationships with industry professionals and learning about current trends and technologies affecting broadcast journalism. “I attended numerous workshops which offered a wide range of topics including social media, agriculture policy and target audience,” said Hill, a senior agricultural communications… Read More →

Department receives $25,000 endowment from Country Radio Broadcasters

By: Mollie Lastovica Students and faculty involved in radio broadcasting projects, classes and research will benefit from a $25,000 endowment given to the ALEC Department by the Country Radio Broadcasters. Released Nov. 4, the endowment will serve as a financial basis for improving radio instruction within the department and giving students interested in radio broadcast the expertise needed to pursue those dreams. “It is very nice to see that the profession recognizes that students need their support,” said Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., who instructs all radio courses…. Read More →

Five ALEC Students Gain Real-World Experience through State Fair of Texas Internships

By: Mollie Lastovica Four agricultural communications and journalism students and one agricultural leadership and development student gained real-world experience in public relations, event coordination and social media marketing through internships with Cultivate Agency at the State Fair of Texas. The AGCJ students, Caitlin Powers, senior, Caitlin McKenna, junior, Chelsea Phillips, senior, Erin Brown, junior, and ALED junior Molly Dutton each worked in Dallas for a week’s span throughout the month of October. “I gained a greater understanding of the behind-the-scenes work it takes to relay information to the… Read More →

Sheppard ’47 Funds Endowment to Support KAMU-TV

By Caitlin Powers Frank Sheppard, Ph.D., ‘47 has gifted the department with an endowment to support AGCJ 409, television production for agricultural journalists, a course that teaches students to utilize and broadcast on the Brazos Valley public broadcasting station, KAMU-TV. Sheppard paid a special visit to the spring 2014 class March 31. “I love the fact that we produce a real television show,” Jennifer Enocksen, junior agricultural communications and journalism major said. “It makes the broadcasting industry less intimidating as a career option because you’ve already been there… Read More →

International Collaboration in the Desert: A new Aggie Tradition

 By: A-Micah Mills and Tobin Redwine Texas A&M University is fond of tradition. The old saying goes: if it is done once, it is an accident; twice, a tradition. Henceforth, a new A&M tradition was started this summer – a tradition of traveling 8,000 miles around the world into a sea of sand at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre. From this tradition, an international collaboration was born. The partnership between the ALEC department and the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre will be on display when Mary Seely,… Read More →

2012 AGCJ Graduate Named Finalist in Your Big Year Competition

By: Mollie Lastovica For Karyssa Zavala, world peace, food security and equality are more than far-fetched dreams. The 2012 agricultural communications and journalism graduate is working daily to instigate change on the global level. Recently, Zavala was recognized as one of 12 champions in the 2013 Your Big Year contest, created by World Merit. In November, she will compete against the other 11 finalists in San Francisco for designation as the 2013 World Merit Global Ambassador. “Your Big Year was founded in 2010 by Chris Arnold, as part… Read More →