OpEd Header OptionHow can you use your voice to change the world? The Pacific Food Studies Op-Ed Fellowship is a national initiative to increase the diversity of voices among thought leaders in Op-Ed Food Media. It’s specifically designed to cultivate voices from underrepresented communities. Are you passionate about food issues and want your voice to be heard? We want to work with you.

Create Influential Op-Ed Food Journalism Pieces

An intensNewspapers. Stack of newspaper. Image in black and white.ive program designed to push your thinking and challenge assumptions, The Fellowship will prepare you to create influential journalism pieces addressing critical issues in food. Fellows accepted into the program participate in a dynamic one and one-half day workshop held at University of the Pacific’s new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa (South of Market) district of San Francisco and benefit from a three-month mentorship to help them produce at least one high-quality food journalism piece in their chosen media platform.

Created in partnership with University of the Pacific Food Studies program (Pacific Food Studies), The Culinary Trust (TCT), and The Op-Ed Project, the Pacific Food Studies Op-Ed Fellowship will provide food writers, scholars, and journalists (print, digital, and multimedia) from underrepresented communities with the training and support to craft and publish Op-Ed pieces about critical food issues. Inspired by The Op-Ed Project, our approach is playful, dynamic and results-oriented—games, high stakes scenarios, and group thought experiments will challenge you to think more expansively about what you know, why it matters, and how it can create positive change in the food industry.

Due to the in-depth nature of the program, attendance is limited to 20 participants

Friday, July 14: Opening Workshop Reception, networking opportunity (optional)
Saturday, July 15: Full-Day Workshop from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, July 16: Half-Day Workshop from 10 AM to 1 PM


Tuition Cost: $295 (includes all instruction, materials, morning
refreshments and Saturday lunch). Hotel and travel are NOT included.

Scholarships: A limited number of tuition scholarships and travel stipends are available to qualified applicants. To be considered for a tuition scholarship and/or travel stipend, please provide a short paragraph about what financial support you need and why.

Who should apply?

Food journalists, scholars, and/or food advocates are invited to apply. We are particularly looking for rising thought leaders who are underrepresented in the public sphere. Ideal applicants have some knowledge of and experience with contemporary, pressing food issues and want to learn how to share their story to make a difference in the future of food. A track record in food journalism or publication is not required, but familiarity with either is a plus. All experience levels—graduate students, freelance writers, veteran or emerging writers, and anyone affiliated with non-profit policy or advocacy organizations—are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due March 22, 2017. Click here to apply.

Questions? Email us at TCTapplications@gmail.com

The Culinary Trust offers education, resources, food action grants, food writing programs —with a particular emphasis on food writing that makes a difference. That’s why we’ve partnered with The Op-Ed Project, whose mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. A starting goal is to increase the number of women thought leaders in key commentary forums to a tipping point. It is a social venture founded to drive bigger and better ideas into the world. Learn more at theopedproject.orgSFcampus

The program is offered at Pacific’s new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa (South of Market) district of San Francisco. University of the Pacific offers the first Food Studies master’s degree program on the West Coast.

The Master of Arts in Food Studies program is designed for working professionals with a career or personal interest in food and the ways that people grow, prepare and profit from it, historically and across cultures. The multidisciplinary program prepares students for success in food-related professions, ranging from food writing, food history, advocacy, and policymaking to consumer research and other business-related pursuits. Course offerings represent many disciplines including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Literature, and Law, with emphasis on mastering research and writing skills. Learn more at University of the Pacific.

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