Learn the fundamentals of writing about food and food production, including food waste, resource consumption and food security in the borderlands. Also examine issues related to covering food and nutrition, food and culture, and the economics and politics of global food chains. Graduate students will be required to complete one food systems story in addition to the three writing assignments, but in lieu of the daily journal. The food systems story will take an analytical look at a large-scale issue of the food system -- obesity and hunger; access to healthy food; profitability of small farms; fishery health; ranchers and rangeland health; heritage versus hybrid crops; etc.-- and contextualize it with on-the-ground reporting in Southern Arizona. We will meet one-on-one to develop this story idea and discuss sources and research opportunities.