Unpacking Food and Ag Reporting | Rural Journalism Collective

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

Join the Rural Assembly and Daily Yonder for a livestream discussion with three leading rural journalists about rural agriculture coverage. Learn more below and register to join the conversation. 

When people think “rural” they often think food and agriculture. But just like rural communities are much more than agriculture, agriculture itself is a lot more than cows and corn.

Join us for a virtual discussion about reporting on rural topics, this time focused on food and agriculture, featuring

* Chris Clayton, ag policy editor for Progressive Farmer

* Claire Carlson, staff correspondent at the Daily Yonder

* Tom Philpott, former food and ag correspondent for Mother Jones 

They’ll chat together and with attendees about the food and ag stories and issues we should be paying attention to, how they approach this beat, and the way food production and consumption influences many aspects of rural life, and more.

This virtual event is free and open to the public — register below!



About the Rural Journalism Collective 

Presented by The Rural Assembly & Daily Yonder, The Rural Journalism Collective is open to everyone working in, or even simply interested in, rural journalism, to network, share ideas, and uplift each others’ work.

Meet the panelists

Tom Philpot in green field

Tom Philpott is a senior research associate at the Center for a Livable Future (Johns Hopkins University). He is the former food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones (2011-2022) and food editor and columnist at Grist (2006-2011). His 2020 book Perilous Bounty was named an “editor’s pick” by The New York Times Book Review and shortlisted for a New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Claire Carlson is a staff correspondent covering agriculture, rural communities, and the environment for the Daily Yonder. Claire received her master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and began at the Daily Yonder as a rural reporting fellow after its completion. Recently, she stepped-up to take over the writing of the Daily Yonder’s Keep It Rural newsletter, a weekly deep-dive into the latest news on rural, ag, and the environment.

Chris Clayton in brown suit