During the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents annual banquet at Legacy Lodge and Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, the newspaper received one of three mass media honors bestowed by the organization. The state agency names a winner in the weekly newspaper, daily newspaper, other publications, radio and television. The Daily Tribune was one of three media outlets honored Tuesday, earning the state award for daily newspaper.
Bartow County Cooperative Extension Coordinator Paul Pugliese, the nominating agent for the DTN, said one factor for his submission was the weekly columns printed by himself and Master Gardeners President Jim Humphreys.
“... I get a lot of calls back on that; I know a lot of people read that,” Pugliese said in his presentation speech. “I was actually doing some research and found out that extension agents have actually been writing weekly columns for The Daily Tribune in Bartow County since the early 1940s, so it’s been a longstanding tradition in our county.”
The Daily Tribune’s timely coverage of events or topics affecting agriculture was highlighted by Pugliese as well.
“... Seems like once a week I get calls from some of their writers with questions about what’s going on in agriculture in Bartow County. They always do timely topics and frequently feature our educational programs on the front page,” he said. “I think that’s one of the things that’s unique about our local newspaper is they really do a good job of keeping the pulse on what’s going on in Bartow County. ...
“They are always willing to send a reporter and a photographer to our 4-H and Master Gardener programs and do a wonderful job of communicating our accomplishments and mission of Extension to our community.”
Located at 320 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, the UGA Cooperative Extension Bartow County offers agriculture and natural resources information, operates the Master Gardener and 4-H Youth programs, and covers family and consumer sciences topics.
The coverage provided by the newspaper for Extension oftens has far-reaching effects.
“A lot of times when we are featured on the front page of the newspaper, we are also featured on the front page of the website for The Daily Tribune, too, so we get that additional exposure,” Pugliese said. “That stays on the web indefinitely, and what’s really neat too, now with the technology, you just link to that from Facebook and that just goes like wildfire as far as getting that information out to the public.”
Calling the honor a humbling experience, The Daily Tribune News Publisher Johnette Dawson said the newspaper believes the Extension program to be a vital service to the community.
“Agriculture is a major industry for our county. The Extension office and the services it offers affect so many residents and their families, making it a natural part of The Daily Tribune's news coverage,” Dawson said. “To be recognized at the state level for our support of the Extension office is very humbling.”
Pugliese said, “The Daily Tribune staff have always been a joy to work with and have invaluable positive impact on the local cooperative extension programs.”
Founded in January 1930, the GACAA furthers agriculture education, develops professional programs for Extension workers and strives to improve Georgia life through agriculture. With more than 300 members, the Georgia association is among the nation’s largest.
For more information on Bartow County Cooperative Extension, visit http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/bartow/. For more on the GACAA, visit http://www.gacaa.com/what.htm.