Learn how to identify food insecurity issues and solutions in your community at the National Press Club Journalism Institute training, October 21
WASHINGTON, September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Most people know what it’s like to be hungry. But persistent hunger and lack of access to convenient and affordable healthy food is much more, disproportionately affecting communities already underrepresented in media coverage. Food insecurity can be difficult for journalists to cover consistently because of its apparent invisibility.
food deserts and insecurity in the United States are increasing and have drawn attention as cities have experienced higher rates of food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. As school-aged students returned to class this fall, they did it without the universal meal waivers that have helped struggling families for the past two years. And the May 14 mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, New Yorkdrew attention to the food inequalities in the majority black community while the store remained closed after the attack.
Food-insecure communities exist in your coverage areas, and reporting this fundamental and critically important access issue is key to finding solutions. Register today to join the National Institute of Journalism of the Press Club in 11:30 a.m. ET Friday21st of October for this discussion via Zoom on what journalists can cover at the intersection of food access, community impact, and systemic racism.
Participants will learn to:
- Identify food deserts and food insecurity issues within your community and their root causes
- Move from reactive to proactive coverage
- Systematically link stories of food insecurity to root causes in coverage
- Cover food insecurity issues with empathy and care for individuals
- Stay up to date with resources and tools to report the issue
We hope you’ll join us for this important conversation, supported by funding from the Gannett Foundation. Please E-mail Beth Francescodeputy executive director of the institute, with questions.
About the panelists
Alejandro Figueroa covers food insecurity and food trade for WYSO through Report for America. It covers the lack of access to healthy and affordable food in Southwestern Ohio communities and what local government and non-profit organizations are doing to address it. It also covers rural and urban agriculture.
Figueroa is a 2021 graduate of the EW Scripps School of Journalism in Ohio University, where he reported for The New Political, a student publication focused on politics and government. His reporting has been featured on NPR, The GroundTruth Project and the Ohio Newsroom.
Brigitte Huber is an editor with the Food and Environment Reporting Network. His work has been published and broadcast by National Geographic, Public Radio International, The New York TimesThe Lancet, Mother Jones, Associated Press and many more.
A graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, she has received grants, prizes, and fellowships from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, UC Berkeley/11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, and Mesa Refuge, among others. . She speaks Spanish, French and a little Portuguese and lives in Portland, Maine.
Lauren Lindstrom is a freelance journalist focused on health and housing as an O’Brien Fellow in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University. She previously covered affordable housing and homelessness for The Charlotte Observer, writing about the human toll of evictions during the pandemic, substandard housing conditions and the challenges of addressing homelessness.
She was also a health reporter for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, where she wrote about the state’s opioid crisis and lead poisoning in children. Lawrence is a Northwestern University graduate and former member of the Report for America corps.
Karen Robinson Jacobs is a Chicago native and award-winning journalist who has been chasing the big story for decades. She is an investigative reporter for media company Lee Enterprises in its new public service journalism team.
She is also a Knobler Fellow with Type Investigations and recently completed a year as a Corps Fellow with Report for America, covering issues of concern to African Americans for the St. Louis American.
She spent 15 years writing about food, sports business and real estate for the Dallas Morning News, where she was part of the Pulitzer Prize finalist team hailed for its coverage of a 2016 shooting that killed five police officers and injured nine others. Before that, she spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where she worked with emerging journalists through the paper’s Metpro program and helped launch the paper’s website and new media department. Whereas in Los Angeles she also served as vice-president of the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. A longtime Midwesterner, Robinson-Jacobs also worked at the Milwaukee Journal, where she was among the first African-American editors.
About the Institute
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Press contacts: Beth FrancescoDeputy Executive Director, [email protected]
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