Sound Bites Webinar Series

Although AFJ is an international organization, we believe in bringing our members to the same table to explore best practices in freelancing; food trends and professional development. 

Sound Bites webinars are generally free to the public. AFJ members can access the recordings. Occasionally we offer special webinar events that are only available to members in good standing. Email Amanda C. Miller for additional details.


Silvia Killingsworth on Wednesday, April 25, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT. 

Don't miss the next AFJ Sound Bites webinar featuring host Silvia Killingsworth on Wednesday, April 25, 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Silvia Killingsworth is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn. She is the series editor of Houghton Mifflin's Best American Food Writing for 2018 and 2019. She was the editor of The Awl and The Hairpin, and before that she was the managing editor of The New Yorker, where she wrote restaurant reviews for the magazine's Tables for Two section.

Silvia plans to address some of the socioeconomic blind spots we have when we talk about food; specifically what it means to "eat well," and how much that actually costs, not just in terms of money but also in time, nutritional education, and government subsidies. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) is under increasing scrutiny, with proposed changes limiting choice and access. The obesity epidemic in poor communities is a uniquely American conundrum, and the movement towards health-conscious eating has largely only changed the eating habits of the country's wealthiest citizens. It's worth talking not just about what food we should eat but whether we can all eat it.

Ready to join us? Email to RSVP today. 


amanda kludt, editor in chief of eater - WEdnesday, january 31, 2018 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 P.M. EST

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.

inclusive storytelling for food writers - tuesday, december 12, 2017

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. He additionally was part of the Al Jazeera team that received a Delta Chi Award in 2015. A member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, he is currently a fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University studying how to improve coverage of Indigenous communities with a particular focus on creating ethical guidelines, protocols and codes of conduct. 

Please RSVP to Amanda Miller and include your professional title and affiliation as well as any other information our speaker may use to better understand the audience. Please let us know if you have specific points you would like Ahtone to address, keeping in mind he will do his best to work within the brief time allocated. 

FOOD WRITERS in the legal jungle - october 25, 2017

AFJ is pleased to welcome author Joy R. Butler as the host of our next Sound Bites webinar. Butler is a Washington, DC-based media, technology, and licensing attorney who excels at explaining complicated legal issues in understandable terms and proposing practical solutions to business problems. Ms. Butler’s book publications include The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions, recently updated and expanded for 2017. She also regularly blogs on media and intellectual property law issues at

This webinar will address legal issues of interest to food journalists including:

  • how food journalists can protect their original material (with an emphasis on available protection for recipes);
  • when and how food journalists can permissibly incorporate quotes, images, and real people into their writing; and
  • how to determine when bad reviews and online snarking cross the line into actionable defamation. 

This webinar took place Wednesday, October 25.


Writing a mouthful: Incorporating Diverse Voices in food journalism with author AdRIAN Miller

We are looking forward to Adrian Miller hosting the next AFJ webinar on Friday, August 11th at 1:30pm EST. Miller is the author of The President's Kitchen Cabinet. He'll lead us through a presentation on diversity in food journalism in his webinar, "Writing a Mouthful: Incorporating Diverse Voices in Food Journalism". Miller plans to address points like incorporating people of color into reporting stories, reaching diverse audiences and identifying implicit bias. August 11, 2017

  Photography credit - Felicia Perry with Food Seen Photography

Photography credit - Felicia Perry with Food Seen Photography

10 Steps to capturing a great image

What does the floor, a spoon or a shutter have to do with food photography? Just about everything. Professional food photographer Felicia Perry with Food Seen Photography broke down how to beautifully capture culinary subjects in ten simple steps. May 12, 2017


FInding food stories in public records

Find food news hiding in plain sight! In this webinar, former food editor (Grub Street/New York Magazine) and current journalism professor Aileen Gallagher helped attendees navigate municipal government and public records. Attendees learned how to get the most news out of public meetings and filings from city zoning and planning boards. March 3, 2017

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