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This forum explores the role of journalism in shaping food policy in New York and nationally and critically analyzes current trends in food journalism. Mark Bittman, Editor-in-chief of Heated and Faculty Member at Columbia University, will discuss recent changes and challenges in food journalism and panelists Kysha Harris, Food Curator for SCHOP! and Food Editor for the Amsterdam News, Joe Fassler, Deputy Editor of The New Food Economy, and Lisa Elaine Held, Freelance Journalist, Senior Policy Reporter, Civil Eats, and Host/Producer of The Farm Report will discuss how they choose what food stories to cover and what role their outlet plays in the new landscape of food journalism. Nicholas Freudenberg, Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, will moderate the discussion. Some questions we will discuss are: What is the role of investigative and in-depth reporting in uncovering hidden food policy? How can academics and journalists collaborate? How do journalists interact with policymakers, whistle blowers, and advocates? On January 29, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these questions.

Speakers

  • Mark Bittman, Author, Editor-in-chief of Heated, Faculty Member, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and former New York Times columnist
  • Kysha Harris, Food Curator, SCHOP!, Food Editor for the Amsterdam News
  • Joe Fassler, Deputy Editor, The New Food Economy, Ted Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Lisa Elaine Held, Freelance Journalist, Senior Policy Reporter, Civil Eats, Host/Producer of The Farm Report

Moderator

  • Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
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