Agricultural journalism, a specialized field of communications, focuses on reporting news and information about the food system from “farm to fork” or “gate to plate,” as some practitioners phrase it. Agricultural journalists face unusual challenges in covering this specialized subject, which encompasses the scientific, technological, economic, political, environmental, health, and social impacts of an enterprise spanning the interests of farmers, multinational agribusinesses, and consumers.

In many ways, agricultural journalism is just good journalism—getting accurate information for a story, checking and assessing facts, putting opposing views into a balanced perspective, and writing the story clearly and concisely while maintaining independence and objectivity. However, agricultural journalists have additional specialized knowledge and related sources in fields including science, technology, markets, health risks, and public policy for the food system.

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