Do you have a passion for food that you share by telling stories?
Are you inspired by excellence in food writing?
Are you experiencing the evolution of food journalism?
A “yes” answer means you should consider joining the Association of Food Journalists, the premier organization for food writers and editors, broadcasters and bloggers. AFJ’s mission is to be a professional organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating responsible food journalism across media platforms.
AFJ was founded in 1974 and is proud of its history of professionalism and high ethical standards, recently chronicled in Gastronomica. Forty years later, the newly invigorated group is as passionate as ever about helping members adapt to and excel in the rapidly changing field.
This year, AFJ is launching new initiatives to help members advance their careers — everything from educational webinars to networking events. Benefits of a remarkably affordable membership include:
• An annual conference featuring game-changing professional development sessions, a chance for one-on-one critiques from noted writers-in-residence, and behind-the-scenes exploration of the unique food offerings of the conference city. (The 2015 conference, scheduled for Sept. 16-18, will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla.)
• A scholarship program to help members advance and update their professional skills and food knowledge.
• Networking opportunities with some of the country’s finest food journalists working for newspapers, magazines and online publications, as well as for broadcast media.
• Access to the regional food expertise of other members.
• Reduced fees to enter AFJ’s prestigious Awards Competition, with cash prizes for first place in 16 categories across all platforms.
• Access to job openings around the country.
• The opportunity to learn and grow professionally year-round through a regular newsletter and webinars.
• Access to AFJ's lively members-only Facebook group and AFJ's members-only website.
Here's what a few members have to say about AFJ's benefits:
I just wanted to thank the group for posting those wonderful job notifications. I found work through two of them. We are a force to be reckoned with! -- Barbara Rolek, Food Journalist/Chef, easteuropeanfood.about.com
Regarding AFJ's first webinar Pros and Cons of Social Media Tools: What Food Writers Need to Know: Excellent presentation. Very well organized, clear and informative. Learned a lot. Thank you! -- Susan Puckett, Food Writer/Editor
Who can be a member of AFJ?
While we continue to uphold our professional standards — for instance, members still do not advertise or promote specific food-related businesses — we have broadened our membership requirements to include freelancers as well as full-time staffers. We have a relatively new student membership category, and are looking to establish one for academics. We want our group to be as diverse and vibrant as food itself.
While their backgrounds and platforms may vary, AFJ members share the same goal: To learn and grow together as professionals in the rapidly changing and expanding world of food journalism.
Here is the 2016 membership application.