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Regional differences in newspaper Food sections

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#1 Priscilla

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Posted 01 June 2002 - 10:42 AM

Do you see regional differences among newspaper Food sections around the nation?

And (if you do note regional differences), how does your region affect your own section's Food coverage?

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#2 Jeanne McManus

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Posted 03 June 2002 - 07:25 AM

Well, I think that the differences  I see are in part regional but in most part a reflection of a newspaper’s readership, and the understanding that the editor of the section has of what his or her readership likes or needs or wants. So it’s sort of regional/reader fusion.

For example, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food section has a lot of very interesting and sometimes edgy pieces about the restaurant scene and the wine community. The Chicago Tribune has solid stories mostly for the home cook and few travel/food stories. Though Kristin Eddy, a staff writer in Chicago, just did a wonderful and award-winning series on spices, in which she traveled widely. (Kristin used to work at The Post, as a news aide in Food. )