2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: South Shasta County residents deal with drought conditions not seen in 100 years
    Entry Credit: Damon Arthur
    Judge Comment: A very informative piece on the affects of the drought. The coverage was all encompassing with those affected beyond the farmers. The imagery painted of a local farmer's efforts to keep his trees watered and the photos were a great addition to highlight the impacts of the drought.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: Farmer may close hulling operation
    Entry Credit: Michael Weber
    Judge Comment: A great feature highlighting how industry costs are affecting a local farmer, the personal account made the story strong. The images, especially the lead image, are beautiful and show the almond operations in an artistic way.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: 3,000 baby oysters transplanted in Morro Bay estuary as part of work to save native species
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman
    Judge Comment: This was an engaging and informative article that brought the reader full circle on the effort to restore the oysters and why it is beneficial to Morro Bay. The photos also provided a great look into them planting the oysters - an opportunity that many don't get.
  • Competition Comment: Majority of the entries provided a unique look into how the drought is affecting various industries within California's agricultural industry that the public would otherwise be unaware of. Other entries provided an overview of certain impacts, like cost and species extinction, affect the agricultural industry from the farmer to the consumer.