Youth Editorial Board Picks: "We Need a Penny! Farmworkers Fight for Justice"

April 6, 2012 in GPRX Blog by Ali Tahir

My favorite piece in March was "'We need a penny!' Farmworkers Fight For Justice.”

In the piece, youth producer Ericka Johnson talks about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) rally and their fight to get major supermarkets to sign off on the fair food agreement. She summarizes their demand by the slogan, “We need a penny.” This summarizes the rally’s ask in four simple words, making it easier for the audience to understand.

Ericka also goes to the rally at Trader Joe’s and interviews people on the spot. I felt this captured the emotion and sound of the migrant workers well. I am curious about her passion on the topic, whether she has a family member in the farm working business or if she is simply passionate about the subject?

Farm working, in general, is a topic that many Americans and especially youth don’t know much about and she is able to summarize their situation and present the rally’s demand in a concise and engaging way. Her piece is a great example for youth producers on how to utilize sound in their journalistic piece(s).

The picture used above was from the piece on PRX and the piece can be found here: http://www.prx.org/pieces/75683-we-need-a-penny-farmworkers-fight-for-justice