The past two weeks have been award season for Edible Portland.
In early May, we gathered in New York City with all 80 Edible magazines from across North America. (There really are 80 independently-owned magazines within the Edible nexus that share a mission to chronicle the best stories from their local food communities!) Every year, we meet up to learn from each other and to honor the best of our collective work. This year, we’ve come away with some top honors!
Our three-part video series about Oregon mushroom foragers and farmers received first place among all the Edibles for best digital feature.
We also took home nine “Eddy” recognitions, placing us in the top contenders (three to six, depending on the category) from within as many as 160 entries in each category:
Best editorial – beverage focused for Time for Tea from the Fall 2013 issue on the birth of a tea industry in Oregon. Story by Katie Lewis / photos by Shawn Linehan.
Best editorial – gardening focused for Powerful Medicine from the Summer 2013 issue on the Wisdom of the Elders native foods garden. Story by Kerry Newberry / photos by Jon Jensen.
Best editorial – historical for The Buck Stops in Lostine from the Winter 2013-14 issue on saving a rural grocery store in northeastern Oregon. Story by Lola Milholland / photos by Eugénie Frerichs.
Best editorial – letter from editor for the Winter 2013-14 issue editor’s letter. By Laura Ford.
Best editorial – non-farmer profile for Naoko Knows from the Winter 2013-14 issue on a Tokyo chef using traditional Japanese technique with Oregon ingredients. Story by Angie Sanders / photos by Aubrie LeGault.
Best editorial – social or political issue for Rethinking Ranching from the Summer 2013 issue on the influence of Allan Savory on Oregon’s grassfed ranchers. Story by Lynne Curry / photos by Shawn Linehan.
Best editorial – social or political issue for Striking Gold from the Summer 2013 issue on work of Hacienda CDC to support Latino entrepreneurs. Story by Lola Milholland / photos by Robbie McClaran.
Best wild card for the road trip we coordinated for our story The Buck Stops in Lostine from the Winter 2013-14 issue.
Best electronic feature for Underground Airwaves podcast.
On Saturday, we joined the Society of Professional Journalists of Oregon/Southwest Washington (SPJO) for their annual banquet. It was a wonderful opportunity to hobnob with some of the hardworking journalists in our state who we greatly admire.
We received two recognitions in the non-daily category.
First place for food journalism for Grist for the Mill from the Spring 2013 issue on the resurgence of a local grain economy. Story by Lola Milholland / photos by John Valls.
Second place for long feature for The Buck Stops in Lostine from the Winter 2013-14 issue on saving a rural grocery store in northeastern Oregon. Story by Lola Milholland / photos by Eugénie Frerichs.
We think we’ve got even better stories and projects in the hopper this year – from the expansion of our podcast, Underground Airwaves, to our upcoming Local Hero Awards, when we’re going to blow the roof off of the Ecotrust building!