2023 – Summer

Eating the World: Food Writing and Reporting (Session 2)

Course Number: SS2: JOUR-UA 204.003

Day & Time: Tue/Thu 6:00-9:00pm

Location: 20 Cooper Sq.

Instructor: Kayla Stewart

Syllabus: Download

Albert Class Number: 2464

Food is the essence of humanity, an integral part of growth and livelihood. It is also deeply entrenched in the human experience. Food tells stories about memory, politics, culture, and society. Capturing these stories, and finding ways to examine the intersection of food, culture, politics, and identity, are essential skills for journalists reporting on food and travel.

Food writing takes many forms: memoir, recipe development and storytelling, and reporting – often all within the same body of work. In this course, students will learn how to use these genres in their own writing. They will explore topics like justice and equity; read and listen to work from journalists, cookbooks authors, activists, and audio producers with a critical eye. Students will visit various restaurants, grocery stores, and/or farms and take field trips.

Assignments will include readings, audio listening exercises, Q&As, and one 1,500 reported piece. Students will learn that reporting on food, when done with rigor and empathy, can lead to some of the world’s most significant journalism.

Notes: Counts as an elective for the journalism major and both journalism minors.