World Federation of Science Journalists

[workshop] Food Boot Camp

The Program

Humans produce food in record abundance, and food in most places is more affordable than at any time in human history. Humans spend less of their time working to get food than ever before.

But our progress has brought us unexpected trouble. Obesity is on the rise; human diets have changed radically, not just in wealthy countries but around the world. Obesity and malnutrition now exist side by side. Farming has become an oil-intensive business and a significant contributor to the problems of climate change: the food system now uses more fossil fuel than any other sector of the economy. And, at the same time, food has become a vehicle for disease—the number of outbreaks of foodborne disease is rising, and food is moving across borders at record rates.

The Boot Camp will teach the basics of the issues and address the underlying science and the overlying social, economic and political factors. And it will explore connections among the different issues. This will be an intensive course—all day, every day for a week—devoted primarily to discussions and lectures.

Some of the most knowledgeable researchers and leaders from universities, government and industry will teach in the workshop. You’ll also hear where to find the best sources of additional information and analysis. At the end, we’ll talk among ourselves about the journalistic issues, and especially how such complex matters can be covered in light of industry trends to make
stories shorter and shallower.


Twelve journalists will be chosen to attend the Food Boot Camp, joining the 11 Knight Fellows already in residence at MIT. Applicants may be freelance or staff reporters, writers, editors or producers, and must have at least three years of full-time experience in journalism.

If selected, we will reimburse you for up to $750 of your travel expenses to Cambridge and pay for your hotel room and most meals. Boot Camp begins with a dinner on the evening of March 23 and runs through March 27. Participants are required to attend all sessions.

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Food Boot Camp