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CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Oct. 25, 2010 – Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. announced a $10,000 pledge to a unique University of Illinois initiative designed to develop a new generation of communicators equipped with the knowledge and experience to provide science-based information via a wide variety of media tools.
“In today’s 24-7 news cycle, agriculture needs to have highly trained communicators who can write, broadcast, blog, tweet and utilize other types of communication tools in a way that provides audiences with accurate and timely information,” says Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant. “This program has the potential to attract top talent for teaching and research.”
The University of Illinois plans to enhance its joint agricultural communications program with a first-of-its kind endowed chair in agricultural communications, named after distinguished professor James F. Evans, to support teaching and research in the field. As part of this joint program between the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Media, the university plans to have at least three teaching positions and include initiatives in environmental and consumer communications.
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