Science & environment stories stand out at Canon Awards

Last Friday saw the Canon Media Awards held in Auckland, with several reporters recognised for their work in the science and environment category.

John McCrone, senior feature writer at The Press won the science and environment newspaper feature category for a portfolio including a piece on the politics of climate change, a profile on Einstein Medal winner Roy Kerr and one on the impact of dairy farming on the MacKenzie Basin.

Marty Sharpe, Hawkes Bay reporter at the Dominion Post won the science and environment news category for pieces on “dirty dairying” and the controversial Ruataniwha dam project.

In the magazine category, North & South senior writer Mike White won for the feature Natural Born Farmer, about farmer Doug Avery who lives at Grassmere south of Blenheim and whose farm was burning up after years of drought but who changed his whole farming practice after hearing a seminar by a Lincoln University researcher about using lucerne – the specialist feed crop.

Said White: “Doug is now a top rural communicator and one of the most charismatic rural people I’ve met. It was a good yarn to do.”

The SMC congratulates all the winners at Canon this year and particularly those in the science and environment categories.

Marty Sharpe's piece on the Ruataniwha Dam
Marty Sharpe’s piece on the Ruataniwha Dam