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Monday, August 18, 2014

Farm Nerds Take Notice: Agriculture Journalism is Making a Comeback

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

click to enlarge What are they planting? Now with the revival of the agricultural beat, we'll get all the facts. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • What are they planting? Now with the revival of the agricultural beat, we'll get all the facts.
As of late, food journalism has been mainly associated with restaurant reviews and news. The agriculture beat, or a reporter's specialized, reoccurring assignment, of yesteryear was forgotten but we're not witnessing its revival. Some names in the industry, such as the Chronicle's Tara Duggan, Civil Eats founder and editor in chief Naomi Starkman, and Modern Farmer's Andy Wright will be speaking at "Journalism: The Agriculture Beat Resurgence," a panel hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California. Sasha Khokha, KQED's Central Valley bureau chief will play moderator.

We've heard over and over again that newspapers are dying and some of us in the business are living the undead state of print journalism. While we're still clinging to air, cuts to reporting and editorial staff are made, meaning entire beats pulverized along with the writer. For agriculture, that might be changing.

Duggan, Starkman, and Wright will be discussing the evolution of journalism and its relationship with the food and agricultural scenes and how readers are the main cause for the recent regrowth of the agriculture beat. This resurgence ties itself to the farm-to-table trend and consumers' demand to know the sources of their food. So thanks, consumers, for being such smart cookies. Reporters can now get back to writing important, hard boiled hitting stories about farms!

The panel will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Club's 595 Market location. Preceding the program will be a networking reception at 5:30 p.m. After all the talking, Bi-Rite-catered bites will be served. Tickets can be found on their Eventbrite page: $20 for non-members, $8 for members, and $7 for students. 
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