The Dallas Observer Is Looking for a New Food Editor


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The Dallas Observer has had a pleasure covering the restaurant industry for the past four years, especially as a grocery editor since mid-2019. But this season is now drawing to a close as I will be leaving the position this month.

I’ve wanted to be a journalist all my life, and covering food has been something I’ve wanted to do since I started on the Dallas Morning News when I was 22. I am grateful for the opportunity and the privilege of doing it for the Observer.

My next steps include immersion in local politics while advocating responsible representation, local artists, and new urbanism efforts. I love and still care about our restaurant industry, which has proven to be particularly resilient under all circumstances, especially over the last year.

I hope that I can continue to write about it as a freelancer – including restaurants and other things, because we have a lot of artistic talent in our city that is worth writing about.

It’s a bittersweet move for me: I enjoy this job – what I can cover, the people I get to interview and those I work with.

Someone else can experience these great things now. Ideally, this person will have a journalistic background, experience in the restaurant industry, strong editorial skills, as well as discrimination and a passion for storytelling. If you are, you will find the official ad and application information below. If you get the job, you will definitely have fun.

The Dallas Observer has an immediate opening to a journalist with a sophisticated understanding of food and the ability to write about it in an engaging manner. The Food Editor directs coverage for the Observer restaurant industry, recruits and oversees interns and freelance writers, assigns and edits stories, writes daily food posts, and runs special projects.

Candidates for this full-time management position should:

  • Have a deep understanding of food and gastronomy
  • Be able to write timely, well-reported, and thought-provoking stories
  • Have the instinct of a news writer to detect and obtain these stories
  • You can edit stories quickly and accurately
  • Have a strong background in social media and online journalism
  • Arrive with a vision for the observer’s food coverage

If you are, write a cover letter discussing: the scope and sources of your culinary knowledge; Your approach to reporting in the restaurant industry; and your thoughts on the current culture of food reporting. Include a résumé and three links about your best work and send it to: [email protected]

Keep the Dallas Observer Free … Ever since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we want it to stay that way. We offer our readers free access to concise coverage of local news, food and culture. Produce stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands with bold reporting, stylish writing, and staff who have won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Feature-Writing Award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism . With the existence of local journalism under siege and setbacks having a greater impact on advertising revenue, it is more important than ever for us to raise support for funding our local journalism. You can help by joining our I Support membership program which allows us to continue to cover Dallas without paywalls.

Taylor Adams has been writing about the restaurant industry for the Dallas Observer since 2016. Now, as the Observer’s food editor, she attended Southern Methodist University before covering local news on the Dallas Morning News.

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