Agri-hub, the agricultural media service, is meeting growing demand with the addition of a new editorial and PR assistant.
Laura Monk, a farmer’s daughter from Cornwall, has a degree in agricultural management from the Royal Agricultural University and attended the John Deere / BGAJ journalism training course in July. She will be working from the Agri-hub office near Exeter, Devon, alongside founder Olivia Cooper and editorial assistant Melanie Jenkins.
“It’s very exciting to be growing further,” says Mrs Cooper. “This time last year we welcomed Mel to the team and it’s been a great success, with a number of new PR and editorial clients coming on board. Initially Laura will be working part-time, and I’m sure with her farming background and enthusiasm she will be a valued member of the team.”
Miss Monk is a keen sheep breeder and exhibitor, and studied agricultural and equine journalism in the final year of her degree. “This module was fantastic, giving me a good understanding of how important the media is in promoting and informing agricultural and rural businesses,” she says. “It really kindled my passion for developing a career within the industry.”
Since its launch in 2013, Agri-hub has been sourcing articles for editors from its database of agricultural companies, providing expert-written content to the style and budget required by publishers while at the same time raising the profile of featured businesses. It has also taken on an increasing amount of outsourced work from other PR agencies, providing cross-sector support.
“The agricultural communications world is a vibrant and close-knit community,” says Mrs Cooper. “Since I joined the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ council I have realised how important that network is, and what a good job the Guild does in promoting excellence in the industry. At a time of great uncertainty for the farming sector, having professional PR consultants and journalists is more important than ever, and all of us at Agri-hub are looking forward to working with colleagues across the industry in the years ahead.”
For more information visit www.agri-hub.co.uk or contact Olivia Cooper on 01392 840009.