2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Agricultural Reporting ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Who will work the fields?
    Entry Credit: Rebecca Plevin
    Judge Comment: A great, in-depth series, illuminating multiple aspects of a farm labor shortage: the workers, the farmers, and the modernization spurred by a falling workforce and an increased minimum wage.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: State Water Board decision to have great impact on Modesto-area rivers
    Entry Credit: Ken Carlson
    Judge Comment: The Bee's series of excellent reports kept the pulse of farmers, community leaders, and residents, while simultaneously breaking down the state's water plan and informing readers of its potential effects on the region.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Gunshots bring Napa Valley's bird cannon clash to a head
    Entry Credit: Henry Lutz
    Judge Comment: The writer uses a "shots fired" incident as an excellent jumping point for larger issue pitting a nearly unlimited "Right to Farm" against residents who would simply like a little more peace and quiet .
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: With vineyard labor scarce, Napa growers warm up to machines
    Entry Credit: Henry Lutz
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Maria Times
    Entry Title: A marked decline: Chlorpyrifos use down in Santa Barbara County
    Entry Credit: Mathew Burciaga
    Judge Comment: None