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May 17, 2011   Email to Friend 

JILLIAN CLAIR JOINS FEDERATION STAFF FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIP
Debra Davis
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May 17, 2011

Jillian Clair, an agricultural communications graduate of Auburn University, is a summer public relations intern with the Alabama Farmers Federation.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Federation has hired an Auburn University graduate as a public relations intern.

Jillian Clair, originally from Williamson, Ga., received a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications May 9.

Clair concentrated on print journalism during her time at Auburn. She worked for The Auburn Plainsman for two years, serving as news editor. She also contributed to Ag Illustrated, a publication published by the College of Agriculture and was a photographer for Auburn's yearbook, The Glomerata.

"We are glad to have Jill on our team," said Jeff Helms, director of the Federation's department of public relations and communications. "Her background in agricultural communications and extensive writing experience with The Plainsman will allow her to hit the ground running. Jill's appreciation for the importance of agriculture and ability to help tell farmers' stories will serve our members well."

Clair said her experience with The Plainsman was integral to her development as a writer and confirmed her desire to work in journalism and public relations.

"Not only did I learn how to cover a variety of topics, I also learned how to work with a variety of people," Clair said. "I learned that as a writer, 90 percent of my time is spent with people, and I love that. I love people."

Clair also enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She spent six weeks in France and Tunisia during the summer of 2010 documenting her experiences through blogging and photography.

Clair said she is looking forward to using her background in journalism to promote Alabama agriculture.

"Ag is something I can get behind and really support," Clair said. "Farmers and other professionals in the agriculture industry need to be heard, and I can't wait to share their stories."


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