Groups and guilds supporting UK food and drink journalists
By Phoebe-Jane Boyd
23 Oct 2020
for dining and drinking out may change with each update to rules on social
distancing in the UK but access to good food and drink is important, and tips
for what’s worth tasting need to be covered by true experts in the sector – food
and drink journalists.
With the sad news that the Association of Food Journalists will cease operations as of December 2020 due to financial strains, independent food and drink journalism needs to be supported. Here are groups and guilds those working in the industry can connect with for access to jobs, training and networking opportunities.
Guild of Food Writers
Welcomes: Members (there are around 580 of them) include journalists, authors, broadcasters and columnists.
it was founded: 1984.
What are the benefits of joining: On joining its comprehensive Directory of Members, there are monthly newsletters with updates from the guild and news of interest to those working in the food media, competitions to encourage the development of new writers, the opportunity to be considered for its Annual Awards for Food Writing and Broadcasting, as well as ongoing professional support and guidance from the Board, including Chair Charlotte Pike and President Orlando Murrin.
Journalists, authors, writers, bloggers, broadcasters, photographers
and lecturers who communicate about wines and spirits.
When it was founded:
1960, by author and journalist Cyril Ray.
What are the benefits of joining: Joining
the ranks of its worldwide membership grants access to workshops,
meetings, talks and tastings, free subscription to online newsletter The Circular,
discounts on wine magazines and teaching samples from the Wine Society and much
Beer media experts – journalists, authors, producers,
photographers, illustrators and PR people.
When it was founded: The guild has been spreading the word of beer, pubs and brewing since 1988.
are the benefits of joining: Aiming
to help beer communicators with the development of their skills and careers in
general, BGBW hopes to support job creation, and offers opportunities to engage
with brewers, licensees, industry leaders and media organisations as
well as events, training, talks, tastings, seminars, daily alerts and inclusion
in The Beer Writers Yearbook.