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Fi2W + WDET Food Journalism fellows 2018
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Meet the Fi2W/WDET Detroit Food Journalism Fellows

Reporters to focus on Detroit food stories under a fellowship for immigrant journalists and journalists of color.

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Apply to the Feet in 2 Worlds/WDET Detroit Food Journalism Fellowship


The deadline to apply for this fellowship has passed.

Are you a journalist or media-maker from an immigrant background interested in covering food and related subjects in metro Detroit?

Do you want to develop your skills as a storyteller in a variety of formats including audio?

Do you have unique story ideas at the intersection of food, immigration and Detroit communities?

Feet in 2 Worlds, an award-winning website and journalism training project and WDET,  Detroit’s public radio station have teamed up to offer a limited number of food reporting fellowships to immigrant journalists and media-makers in metro Detroit. This is a unique opportunity to learn new skills while covering stories about critical issues in food including food culture in immigrant communities, child nutrition and education, labor and employment, anti-hunger efforts, sustainability, climate change and government food policies.

Fellows will work in the WDET newsroom and will be mentored by experienced audio producers. You will produce stories for Feet in 2 Worlds’ website and for broadcast on WDET and online distribution on WDET’s website.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.  The fellowship starts in late September and continues to the end of 2018. This is a paid fellowship open to staff reporters and editors, and freelance journalists.  The fellowship is structured to allow maximum flexibility for journalists with full-time jobs or other obligations.

Fellows receive the following:

  •      Training in all phases of audio production for broadcast and podcast.
  •      Training in story development from concept to publication.
  •      Exposure to the WDET newsroom, and the opportunity to contribute to WDET’s on air and online streams.
  •      Training in the use of social media as a journalism tool.
  •      Access to Feet in 2 Worlds’ international network of immigrant journalists.
  •      Opportunities to pitch stories to nationally distributed public radio programs.
  •      Use of field recording equipment and access to audio editing software at WDET.
  •      A $3500 stipend.

To apply send a cover letter, your resume, samples of your work and three story ideas to  Include the words “Detroit Food Fellowship” in the subject line of your email.

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 20th, 2018.

Support for the fellowship 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.

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Fi2W on the Radio: Filipino Food Shame – Is it ‘Hiya’ or History?

Fi2W’s Rosalind Tordesillas reported this story for PRI’s The World

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Fi2W on the Radio: The dessert with roots in the Dominican Republic that I will not give up

Fi2W’s food journalism fellow, Katherine Hernandez reported this story for PRI’s The World

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Apply to Fi2W’s Food Journalism Workshop in Detroit, MI

2017 Food Workshop participants Sarahlynn Pablo and Yewande Komolafe; photo: Rachael Bongiorno

Feet in 2 Worlds is hosting a one-day food journalism workshop designed to help journalists, journalism students and culinary professionals improve their skills telling stories about food from immigrant communities.

Immersive and intensive, the workshop will focus on developing your narrative journalism skills and help you make valuable professional connections. At the end of the day, participants will pitch their story ideas to a panel of editors from prominent national and local media outlets.

Fi2W’s technical director and senior producer Jocelyn Gonzales teaching audio editing at the 2017 Food Journalism workshop; photo: Rachael Bongiorno

When: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Where: The workshop will be held at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. Workshop fees are included in the conference registration but participants need to register for the workshop with us prior to the conference.

Who should apply? Journalists who cover immigrant communities, culinary professionals and journalism students interested in telling stories about the diversity of food found in America today.

Space is limited.   

Click here to apply today.

Deadline extended to May 4, 2018.

The Fi2W workshop gave me practical advice on scripting, recording, editing as well as thought and consideration of big-picture approaches to my work as an audio storyteller. It lit a fire under me to get out in the field and start pitching stories again after a bout of inactivity. [It was] just the burst of confidence I needed to put myself out there and chase down the stories I care about”. – Mia Warren, 2017 Food Journalism Workshop Participant 

Participants from Detroit are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information email:

Funding for the workshop comes from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,  Allied Media Projects, 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. 

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Fi2W on NPR’s The Salt: For Many Caribbean Immigrants, It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without Black Cake

Fi2W’s food journalism fellow, Katherine Hernandez reported this story for NPR’s The Salt

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The Economic Toll of Increased Immigration Enforcement – NYC Street Vendors Suffer Losses

A dramatic drop in business at a time when the economy is said to be rebounding.