Society of Environmental Journalists recognizes recent graduate Madison Pobis

Madison Pobis

MADISON POBIS, BS ’20, MA ’20, is among the winners of the Society of Environmental Journalists 19th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment for her article “Small farmers wait for California’s groundwater hammer to fall.”

Written for Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, the story reports on the ways small farmers in California are preparing for severe cutbacks on their groundwater allowances in the initial planning stages of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

“What’s so exciting about this story is how it uses novel storytelling techniques to capture the scale of groundwater issues in California,” Pobis said. “This award is special for me because it validates that a character-driven narrative can be just as rigorously reported, illuminating and essential to readers as a hard-hitting exposé.”

The Society of Environmental Journalists contest is the world’s largest and most comprehensive environmental journalism competition. This year, the organization received 499 entries, and awards were given in 11 categories. Pobis placed first in the Outstanding Student Reporting category. She and the other contest winners will be honored at the society’s virtual conference in September.

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