USF St. Pete to create food writing, photography program
Ever dreamed of being a restaurant critic - or at least taking better pictures of your spaghetti to post on Instagram? The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is launching the nation's first graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography.
The 15-credit program will start next fall, hoping to attract graduate students, culinary professionals and others simply looking to build an online presence. Grad students can apply up to 12 of these credit hours toward a master's in Journalism and Media Studies or Digital Journalism and Design.
"Public interest in all things food has exploded in recent years, whether on television, in print or on the web," said Deni Elliott, chairwoman of the journalism department. "Food is more than sustenance. It defines cultures, provides jobs, and brings people together."
Students can take classes in literary food writing, science food writing and more. The coordinator of the program will be Janet Keeler, who is the food editor at the Tampa Bay Times, as well as an adjunct journalism professor at USF St. Pete.
The advisory board includes representatives from Edible Tampa Bay, the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, Publix and urban farm Dancing Goat, among others.