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DelVal’s media and communication students get hands-on experience in broadcasting

Aug 20, 2014

Madison Moore interviews George Greig

Credit: Delaware Valley College. Madison Moore '15 interviews PA Secretary of Agriculture George Greig at Ag Progress Days.

Madison Moore '15, a media and communication student, traveled with agriculture broadcaster Dave Williams to Ag Progress Days Wednesday, Aug. 13 as part of her internship with the PA Farm Country Radio Network. Moore interviewed Gov. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf, the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2014 election. She also interviewed PA Secretary of Agriculture George Greig and many key people involved in agriculture in Pennsylvania.

“It’s important to have an understanding of where your food comes from,” said Moore, who feels journalism can help people better understand agriculture.

Williams visited the College in March to recruit students for agriculture broadcasting internships. He is a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and a host for American Farm Country Radio and PA Farm Country Radio. Williams is encouraging DelVal students to consider going into agriculture broadcasting and said that there are a lot of high paying jobs in the field for those who are willing to learn it. He said students don't need an agriculture background to get into the field, they just need a willingness to learn, the right personality and the right skills.

Moore, who has done mostly print internships, is excited to be gaining some broadcasting experience and grateful for the opportunity.

“I think more employers should come to DelVal just to talk and get students interested in the numerous options there are for media and communication students,” said Moore. “It's one thing to be able to read about what someone does in a field you hope to enter, but it's even better being able to talk to the person who is doing something great. Dave just came to the College and said ‘I want you to get experience in this field’ and has just handed over opportunities. He is excited about the field of ag broadcasting, and wants to share his love for the field with students who can greatly benefit from what he has to offer. I think it's great to give DelVal media students a chance to open up their minds to all that is out there.”

She will be going to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention with Williams in Kansas City, Missouri Nov. 12-14, where she will have the opportunity to network with agriculture broadcasters.

Williams is looking to continue to provide hands-on opportunities for the College’s media and communication students and will be taking a group of media students with him to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January.

The opportunities are being sponsored DuPont Pioneer, The Marcellus Shale Coalition, PennAg Industries and the NAFB Foundation.