Coverage of California’s drought was the main theme to journalism awards given Thursday by the Fresno County Farm Bureau, including the general print honor won by Robert Rodriguez of The Fresno Bee.
Rodriguez, 53, is the agriculture reporter for The Bee. Rodriguez was chosen for a pair of stories he wrote in June 2015 that explored how central San Joaquin Valley farmers were using technology to manage their water supplies in the drought. His stories were part of a month-long project that examined impacts of the prolonged drought on the Valley.
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The bureau’s 22nd annual journalism awards also recognized:
- For farm trade print, Vicky Boyd of Cotton Farming magazine, who wrote about the drought’s effect on cotton farmers.
- For audio, Heidi Vernon of California Ag Today Radio Network, whose reports focused on the drought’s impact on farmers’ mental health.
- For video, John Shrable, KSEE 24/CBS 47, for a story on how a wet winter would benefit farmers.
- For the advocate award, ABC30 for a documentary on how agricultural programs are teaching Valley students about farming.