journalism

The 2018 AFJ Awards Competition Is Open!

It’s the top competition for food journalism, and we want you to enter.

The 2018 AFJ Awards Competition is now accepting entries. This year, there are 18 categories in print, Web and broadcast journalism. And, they include six new ones. For the first time, AFJ is accepting entries for Spanish language food story.

AFJ’s awards are open to journalists everywhere, including students, but there’s a special discount available to AFJ members in good standing. Renew before you enter, and you’ll save. Or, send in an application to join, and get the discount after you’ve been accepted.

But act quickly. The awards deadline is midnight ET, March 1. We prefer electronic entries, but you can submit by mail, too. See the details in our competition guidelines.

We’ll announce the winners at AFJ’s annual convention in Phoenix, Sept. 26-28, 2018. Just think: warm weather, southwestern cuisine and your name on an AFJ award.

Start thinking about your entries now, and get them in by March 1.

Micki Maynard, Awards Manager

Looking back on 2017 by AFJ President Kathleen Purvis

Looking back on 2017, has there ever been a year that has better shown the value of ground-breaking food journalism? Months before #metoo and attention to the career-destroying antics of Harvey Weinstein, Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune was already at work, chasing reports of sexual harassment by chef John Besh and disturbing patterns in his company’s treatment of female employees.

That was quickly followed by the solid reporting by Kim Severson and Julia Moskin of The New York Times on similar behavior by restaurateur Ken Friedman. Then Amanda Kludt’s staff at Eater.com broke the news on accusations against super chef Mario Batali.

As food journalists, many of us can cite times when we were dismissed as “recipe churners” or treated as lesser journalists even in our own newsrooms. But the work of these fine food reporters and editors proves that food journalism is journalism. Period.

While you’re thinking about whether to join AFJ or renew your membership, think about the value of what we all do. In the same way that many members are reinventing themselves and finding new paths for their careers, AFJ is reinventing itself, too, to play a role in supporting skills, training and professional development. And, yes, many of us can still write a mean recipe, too. 

I can’t wait to see what our members will do in 2018. But right now, in 2017, I’m proud to know you all.

Kathleen Purvis, AFJ President and member since 1994

 

AFJ Hosts a Members Only Webinar with Amanda Kludt, Editor in Chief of Eater

Just how far have we come since 'The Gods of Food'? In November 2013, Time magazine published a special issue titled the “Gods of Food" that listed 13 “Gods,” a chef’s family tree, and a series of articles about the key “influencers” in food today. No female chefs or restaurateurs made the “Gods” list, nor were any included in the modern restaurant lineage. Outrage followed, but are we any better off when it comes to the recognition of female chefs in 2018 than we were in 2013? This examination, through 28 pie charts, hopes to answer that question.

Amanda Kludt is the Editor in Chief of Eater, a publication covering the ins and outs of dining and food in America and around the world. Through original reporting, longform journalism, maps and guides, reviews, and video, Eater informs its audience on the latest news, tells them where to eat and drink, and highlights important issues facing the world of restaurants. Before Eater, Kludt worked at Gridskipper and Metro. She has contributed to Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, The Guardian, and others.

This webinar is available as a special AFJ member benefit. All AFJ members who have joined or renewed for 2018 are welcome to participate. Ready to save 10% on your 2018 AFJ membership? Take advantage of our promotional pricing available until Dec. 31, 2017. Join us today.

To RSVP or to inquire about membership, email afj.amanda@gmail.com

Amanda Kludt, Editor in Chief of Eater.

Amanda Kludt, Editor in Chief of Eater.

Next AFJ Sound Bites webinar: Inclusive Storytelling with Nieman Foundation Fellow Tristan Ahtone

Next AFJ Sound Bites webinar: Inclusive Storytelling with Nieman Foundation Fellow Tristan Ahtone

Join AFJ for "Inclusive Storytelling for Food Writers with Nieman Foundation Fellow Tristan Ahtone," on Tuesday, December 12, at 1:30 p.m. 

Drawing from personal experience and his current work on how to improve coverage of Indigenous communities, Ahtone will spend twenty minutes sharing tips and resources for culinary journalists regarding inclusive storytelling best practices. 

Tristan Ahtone is a New Mexico-based journalist and a contributing editor with High Country News’ Tribal Affairs desk. He has reported for “PBS NewsHour,” “National Native News,” Wyoming Public Radio, NPR and Al Jazeera America. Ahtone’s stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation.