Tonight I'm delighted to be travelling down to the bight lights of Bristol to talk to journalist, Anna Jones @Jonesthejourno
We talk about her early life growing up on her family's beef and sheep farm in the Welsh borders, and her decision at an early age to become a journalist. We hear about some of her early reporting jobs and her experiences there, before going on to getting a job on popular BBC TV show Countryfile as a researcher in 2006.
We talk about her time on Countryfile and her experiences there in depth, including why it divides opinion amongst farmers, broadcasting legend John Craven nearly being squashed by a 30ft Christmas tree, and I also attempt to find out who the biggest diva amongst the presenters is!
We then discuss her time at flagship BBC Radio 4 programme Farming Today, and some of the differences between working in TV and Radio, and some of the amazing stories that she covered there.
We hear about her Nuffield Scholarship - 'Help or Hinder? How the Mainstream Media Portrays Farming to the Public' and what she found out along the journey, before moving on to talk about her new initiative - Just Farmers - that will actively seek out and train farmers how to talk to the media and improve communication skills, and help to increase the public's understanding of agriculture.
All this and plenty more.
Anna's passion for agriculture and rural life is evident throughout the interview, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to her tonight.
Check it out folks..
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