Call for story pitches for the next Feet in 2 Worlds online magazine, the Detroit Issue – Food, Borders and Belonging

Deadline extended to Monday, Dec. 31

Feet in 2 Worlds, www.fi2w.org, an award-winning website and audio training program that focuses on immigrants and immigration, seeks story pitches for our next online magazine about food, immigrants and communities of color in Detroit.  

One of the most widely recognized aspects of Detroit’s current renaissance is the city’s burgeoning food scene. Immigrants, Latinos and African Americans are key parts of Detroit food culture.  We are looking for a range of stories in a variety of formats that put immigrants and people of color at the center of reporting about the city, food, communities and identity.

Here are some specific areas we want to explore:

  • Detroit has gone through many cycles.  The city is constantly reinventing itself through renaissance and recovery. What food-related examples can we see of this since the economic collapse 10 years ago?
  • Food as artifact: How has food told the story of Detroit, past and present?
  • Micro-credit loans have long been a staple of Detroit’s small business scene. Can we trace a community’s success through its economic exchange and support?
  • Food is political, yet it also transcends borders and identity. In what ways has it been used to transform and influence the political and civic landscape of Detroit?

Other areas of interest include:

  • Gender and food culture
  • Legacy and identity as expressed through food
  • Civil rights and the intersection with food politics
  • Environment and food sustainability

We are accepting pitches for stories in a range of formats including print, audio, short video and photo-essay.  

Feature: 800-1,000 words; the topic is flexible, can be evergreen

Reported stories: 800-1,000 words; topic can be issue-based with a news hook

Video: 2-3 minutes; the topic is flexible

Photo-essay: 10-12 pictures with text accompaniment

Podcast/radio stories: pieces can be between 5 and 15 minutes in length

Please send brief 300 word pitches, your resume and examples of relevant work to erin@feetin2worlds.org.

Feet in 2 Worlds is partnering with WDET in presenting food stories from Detroit.   Support for the partnership comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and through matching gifts from station donors, The International Association of Culinary Professionals’ foundation, The Culinary Trust, and its Growing Leaders Food Writing program. The Food Writing Program is funded with the support of the Boston Foundation.

2 comments

  1. Hi,

    I have a story about a Mexican couple that began selling shrimp in the streets of Detroit, but today they own a successful restaurant. Its a video story in Spanish. Can I participate?

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