November 28, 2017 Last Updated 11:50 am

Non-profit newsroom, The New Food Economy, expands editorial team

Jessica Fu joins as news producer, Sam Bloch as staff writer, and Hillary Bonhomme as development and editorial associate

NEW YORKNovember 28, 2017—The New Food Economy, a non-profit newsroom dedicated to uncovering the ways the 21st century’s food revolution is changing our lives as well as the world around us, today announced a new slate of hires. The editorial team expansion comes on the heels of a national campaign launch from NewsMatch to encourage grassroots support for non-profit news organizations.

The new hires will start immediately and report to Editor Kate Cox.

  • Jessica Fu joins as news producer. She previously worked as a producer and contributor to Seattle’s alternative weekly, The Stranger.
  • Sam Bloch joins as staff writer. Blochhas written about arts, culture and real estate for publications including L.A. WeeklyArtnet and Commercial Observer, and served as managing editor of Art Los Angeles Reader. His essay about Los Angeles’ “shade deserts” will be published by Places Journal this fall.
  • Hillary Bonhomme, development and editorial associate, has produced audio segments at WNYC and WQXR in New York City and conducted interviews with award-winning artists for a granting non-profit for the arts, Creative Capital.

“Since the start of The New Food Economy, a mere two years ago, our team has remained steadfast in covering and investigating the forces shaping how and what we eat,” said Jeffrey Kittay, the newsroom’s publisher and founder,. “I am pleased to welcome Jessica, Sam and Hillary to the team, as we evolve reporting and grow support for our organization.”

“It is critically important we stay ahead of what is constant industry change, so that everyone from policy makers to food suppliers to grocery shoppers clearly understand what this ‘food revolution’ means for them and the people they serve, represent and care about,” added Cox. “Our additional team members will help us continue to tell the important—and many times obscured—stories that give eaters leverage in a system driven by money, power and politics.”

The New Food Economy also announced today a matching gift opportunity from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Democracy Fund. Beginning now through the end of the year, these funders, via NewsMatch, will match any donation The New Food Economy receives up to $1,000 per donation. With the campaign, The New Food Economy could receive as much as $28,000 in additional funding.

History’s next great food revolution is happening on a global scale, drawing in technology, scientific innovation, ethical shifts, local production, conglomerate agriculture and environmental concerns, with radical change occurring by the minute. Even when the forces and effects of this food revolution are plain to see, their implications on policy, society, culture and health are anything but obvious. The New Food Economy is bringing to light this revolution in food through on-the-ground reporting, telling this story day by day as it unfolds.

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