Should journalists accept fellowships from Organic Trade Association, Monsanto?

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Can journalists be impartial when their training is being paid for by the very industry they cover?

That’s the question I asked myself when I came across this upcoming journalist training, on the National Press Foundation (NPF) website — “Exploring the Future of Food and Agriculture.”

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At first, I assumed the reporters receiving the fellowship were having their expenses paid for by the NPF. But scrolling down the page, I learned that wasn’t the case:

Funding for this training is provided by Monsanto, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Pork Board, and the Organic Trade Association.

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. . . .[T]o see journalists stepping into [a] funding quagmire by accepting an all expenses paid fellowship from the very companies and trade groups they are supposed to cover without bias is distressing.

Related article:  FOIA: Organic industry, Chuck Benbrook orchestrated anti-GMO "independent" research, marketing

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If we want to keep food and agriculture journalism impartial and trustworthy, reporters should never accept any kind of funding or compensation from the industries they cover. . . .

Read full, original post: Monsanto And The Organics Industry Pay To Train Journalists: What Could Go Wrong?

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