So I was thinking on my ride home today, and it really stemmed from my #onthefarm conversation with Celeste Laurent.
What if a group of farmers from one area/county got together (say 20) and decided to “hire” a student journalist to cover their farms for the summer through social media? It looks like several producers try to blog, but most are on an irregular basis (no offense). If a student was solely dedicated to 20 farmers to report on what they do (stories, audio, video, fast facts, etc.), a Web site or Facebook page could be updated daily. Many farmers could still tweet and Facebook, but if there was a person dedicated to writing feature stories and capturing video to post to a central Web site, maybe that’s a good way to spread farmer stories? Almost like it’s super-hyperlocal journalism.
If anyone is interested in this idea, I’d be willing to explore it more with you. I think it’d be a cool program for an ag journalism program or even for a County Farm Bureau to support.
How much would you pay a student? If 20 farmers pitched in $200, that’s $4000 for a summer internship. Maybe not great, but it would give a student an opportunity to cut his teeth in journalism and blogging.
Sorry, just sort of stream of consciousness there. I think it could work though. Promotes ag and gives a student an internship for a summer.