2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Will offshore wind hurt the Morro Bay fishing industry? ‘We’re basically screwed’
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman
    Judge Comment: - Great topic, intimate introduction, impactful quotes. The author knows the topic well enough to explain it in a way that’s easy to understand, allowing readers a window into how federal policy can impact local business. But this was also a fair story, that drew connections to climate change, and gave all sides their best shot. Well done.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: This Tulare County town has been without water for a month, experts say more to come
    Entry Credit: Kate Cimini, Joshua Yeager
    Judge Comment: - Strong, comprehensive story on an important topic. Good context – both in terms of history and scope. Could have done more to explore personal impacts.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Redlands Daily Facts
    Entry Title: Do Yucaipa’s housing needs pair with wine country vision?
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Iyer
    Judge Comment: - Good topic…nice action shot…The fight between housing and ag - especially wine - is worthy of this kind of in-depth coverage. Glad to see this step back view.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
    Entry Title: Cal Poly Pomona farm animals ‘stay busy’ during pandemic
    Entry Credit: Javier Rojas
    Judge Comment: One of those eye-catching stories where you go "Oh yeah, another thing affected by the pandemic!" Good peek inside the operations here, and good context about the program.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: Pesticides: 'There is something in the air, and it causes childhood cancer,' study shows
    Entry Credit: Joshua Yeager
    Judge Comment: This is an important story, with strong voices. I hope the paper will explore it more by drilling into the data, or finding residents who have been negatively impacted.