There's a new opportunity available to members of the National Junior Angus Association members who are interested in journalism, communications and marketing.
The new endeavor, Media Crew, offers those members a chance to cover news and events surrounding the National Junior Angus Show. Applications are now available online and are due April 1.
Media Crew is offered by the NJAA and funded by the Angus Foundation, similar to The Scoop offered previously, and is available to NJAA members who have completed the ninth grade. The experience will combine The Scoop – an established youth-led publication – and The Angus Agenda newsletter distributed daily during the NJAS. Youth may also choose to help update the NJAA social media websites as a selected Media Crew member.
"We hope Media Crew will modernize communications for NJAA members who are interested in this career field," says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association director of junior activities. "Public relations is a growing field in the agricultural industry, and we wanted to give youth the opportunity to explore this area."
Many assignments will be completed prior to the event, giving participants time to conduct interviews and work through edits with Association advisors. While at the NJAS, Media Crew will meet daily with group members, job shadow the Angus communications team and see their work printed in The Angus Agenda.
"Media Crew represents a unique opportunity for junior members outside of the showring," says Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer. "This is sure to be a rewarding experience for anyone who participates."
Those selected to serve on the social media committee will help the NJAA Board of Directors update show results and contest winners as they are announced during the NJAS. Angus youth interested in using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are encouraged to apply for a spot on the committee.
"The Angus Foundation proudly supports Media Crew as a way to prepare and encourage Angus youth in their communications interests," says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. "Our hope is that this educational activity will develop future leaders in the Angus business, as well as the entire beef industry."
Applications should be postmarked by April 1 and mailed to Carrie Horsley, Angus Foundation director of marketing and public relations, 3201 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo. 64506. Juniors who apply will be notified of their status on or after April 8.