For immediate release: August 5, 2015
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Association of Food Journalists 2015 Conference Highlights Florida cuisine, digital media skills
The Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) will tap the topnotch talent and resources at the renowned Poynter Institute while exploring the vibrant food scene of Florida when members meet for their annual conference Sept. 16-18.
Each year, the AFJ conference – a strong mix of professional development, sampling of the area’s best food and on-the-scene reporting opportunities – is held in a different city. Highlights of this year’s conference include:
- One-on-one coaching sessions with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies faculty;
- The chance to interact with such culinary greats as Nathalie Dupree, Emeril Lagasse, Cindy Hutson and Jaden Hair;
- Professional development sessions that cover digital ethics and tools for storytelling, food blogging and challenges facing restaurant critics today;
- Delicious opportunities for networking with other food journalists while sampling Florida fare, including a Taste of Florida event at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, a Cuban sandwich primer and a mixer at Sea Salt restaurant;
- An awards event announcing winners of the 2015 Awards Competition and winner of the annual Carol DeMasters Award for service to food journalism;
- Optional events on Saturday, Sept. 19: an inside look at the culinary components of the Home Shopping Network and a tour of Tampa’s Ybor City.
Conference registration is open at $405 for members and $465 for non-members. Day rates are also available: $65 for Wednesday, $110 for Thursday, $80 for Friday. Coaching slots, until filled, are open to all registrants.
More information about the conference and the registration form can be found at afjonline.com. Non-members can join AFJ now at the mid-year rate of $37.50 and pay the lower registration fee.
The headquarters hotel, the Courtyard St. Petersburg Downtown, is offering a special conference rate of $115 a night.
AFJ is a professional organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating responsible food journalism across media platforms. Established in 1974, it is the oldest organization serving food writers, editors and critics.
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