A Brief Bit of Context for Faking It
Some perspective on the "Faking It" blog post from IACP headquarters
Yesterday, IACP posted the work of a member guest blogger, Amy Reiley, in which she expressed her personal opinions about a session that she attended at the Annual Conference in New York. Several members have expressed their frustrations and, in some cases, their indignation about the post (in case you missed it, here is the original post).
We just wanted to take a moment to clarify that this is the work of one person, and doesn’t express the views of IACP.
We believe in bringing people together to give them the information and network of contacts to help them achieve as a culinary professional regardless of where they fall in the ever-changing culinary spectrum, whether it’s teaching, writing, developing recipes, publishing books, styling photos, taking photos, or the hundreds of other things that our members do as part of their work. The increasing ranks and varying needs of people who publish online led to the creation of the New Media section and a whole new slate of awards to recognize their work.
At the end day, it isn’t really the medium that matters, but the work itself. That’s why we changed our journalism awards a few years ago to eradicate whether a piece had appeared in traditional or new media. Good writing is good writing, whether it appears in a magazine or a blog, and whether you get a paycheck for it from someone else or not. Same thing with other areas of the culinary field.
The decision to publish this piece came about when some members read an original piece the author posted on her site and brought it to the attention of the team that runs the IACP site. The reason? It brings up issues in the ever-changing and evolving world of food writing that are worth discussing, even if the resulting discussion might be uncomfortable. It was part of the reason we held that panel, too, to create a forum for the debate and to provide information to help individuals succeed on a variety of business models.
The author’s viewpoint on the issue of marketers working with online writers and publishers is just one slice of a wider story. As has been stated here many times, we invite all members to contribute to the IACP Blog. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to write a post in response.
We closed the comments on the other article in order to shift them here, hopefully now with more context.