Events & Workshops

IRE + AFJ: Food Journalism track March 29, 2019

AFJ has hired IRE, the highly-regarded nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting, to conduct a daylong training specifically for food journalists. The sessions will be offered in Milwaukee on Friday, Mar. 29, the day before IRE hosts aWatchdog Workshop at Marquette University. (AFJ members also have the option to register separately for that program.)

The AFJ Food Journalism Track will include:

  • Three food journalism sessions led by IRE staff

  • Lunch at the training venue

  • An optional evening field trip showcasing Milwaukee’s food-and-drink culture

Sessions are still being finalized, but possible topics include:

  • Fact-checking for profiles, restaurant reviews and other non-investigative pieces

  • Digging into privately-held companies, from mom-and-pop restaurants to grocery chains

  • Filing Freedom of Information Act requests

  • Exploring local agriculture records available to reporters, and learning how to best use them

  • Understanding Department of Labor investigations and turning them into stories

  • Dealing with PR professionals during crises, and getting past the company line

  • Determining who’s a public figure in the dining sphere

  • Interpreting the science behind nutritional claims

  • Covering mental health, drug abuse and suicide in restaurant kitchens

(Anything missing? It’s not too late to let us know!)


  • AFJ members $50

  • AFJ student members $20

  • Student non-members $25

  • Non-members $75

This is a great time of year to join AFJ. Memberships are based on the calendar year, so if you haven't renewed for 2019, you are not a current member. The 2019 AFJ Awards Competition opens next week. Members receive discounted entry fees, so take a minute and apply or renew your membership today.

We expect a high level of this interest in this event, but for planning purposes, need to come up with an estimate of how many people might attend. If you’re planning to join us, we’d appreciate you taking a minute to complete this pre-registration form no later than Friday, Jan. 11. There is no financial commitment associated with it. Filling out the form doesn’t oblige you to attend, but pre-registrants will be given preference when registration opens.

Email our executive director, Amanda C. Miller, with questions or comments.