Most people know what it is to get hungry. But persistent hunger and a lack of access to convenient and affordable healthy foods is something much more, disproportionately affecting communities already underrepresented in news coverage. Food insecurity can be difficult for journalists to cover consistently because of its seeming invisibility.
Food deserts and insecurity throughout the U.S. are growing and have gained attention as cities have experienced higher rates of food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. As school-age students return to classrooms this fall, they’ll do so without the universal meal waivers that have helped struggling families through the last two years. And the May 14 mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, NY, brought attention to food inequities in the predominantly Black community while the store remained closed after the attack.
These communities are in your coverage area, and reporting this deeply important, fundamental access issue is critical to finding solutions. Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 21 for this discussion about what journalists can cover at the intersection of food access, community impact, and systemic racism.
Participants will learn how to:
- Identify food deserts and food insecurity issues within your community and their root causes
- Shift from reactive to proactive coverage
- Consistently connect food insecurity stories to root causes in coverage
- Cover food insecurity issues with empathy and care for individuals
- Keep up to date with resources and tools to report on the issue
We hope you’ll join us for this important conversation, supported with funding from the Gannett Foundation.