For the second year in a row, Alberta Farmer reporter Jennifer Blair has been honoured at the country’s premier agricultural journalism awards program.
Blair won bronze in the Weekly Press Reporting category for her December 2015 story entitled Big Blowup, which detailed the firestorm of protests which arose following the introduction of Bill 6, which extended workplace safety rules to farms. Blair shared gold in the same category last year with colleague Alexis Kienlen.
This year, Shannon VanRaes won weekly press gold for one of her stories in a special series on Canada’s trade deal with Europe. That series, which ran in two editions earlier this year, featured a comprehensive package of stories from reporters from several publications owned by Glacier FarmMedia (Alberta Farmer’s parent company).
Madeleine Baerg, a frequent contributor to this paper, picked up two awards for stories she did for Canadian Cattlemen and Farming Smarter. The awards are given out by the Canadian Farm Writers Federation, which represents almost 350 English-speaking agricultural journalists, broadcasters, and communicators from across the country.