PRESS PASS Newsletter

VOLUME 36, Issue 10, December 2018 

A Publication of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers

Association distributed to IFWTWA Members Only

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Volume Number 36
Issue Number 10
December 2018

In this issue...


Food Wine & Travel Magazine

by Beth Graham

Food Wine & Travel Magazine Logo

In case you haven’t heard, Chris Cutler is our new editor.

We’re retooling some things for Food Wine & Travel Magazine for 2019 and giving you more ways to contribute. First, you should know that the magazine averages 10K readers per month, sometimes as high as 15K depending on how well everyone shares; we have over 7K social media followers and our content is often shared across IFWTWA profiles as well. Contributors are welcome to share this information with press trip hosts to help you secure those slots (for IFWTWA trips, just make sure you read our LOA policy below).

We’re hoping to increase the frequency of our content in 2019 so we need more contributors. Specifically, here are a few new features we’ll be opening up so get your hat in the ring early! These are first-come, first-served so get your pitch in early:

  • Monthly columns - 350 words, 1 photo
  • Spotlight destination - pick a place, any place, a town, a hotel, a resort. 
  • Spotlight food - interview a chef, profile a restaurant.
  • Spotlight spirits - feature a wine, winemaker, spirits trail.

We’d also like to make Practical Travel part of our regular content. For many travelers, it’s the research involved in getting to/from a destination and the planes, trains, and automobiles involved—the “What part of town do I stay in?” or “Where are the best restaurants?” type of questions that bog them down. So when possible, we’d like all articles to offer readers tips on planning their trip to help make it easier for them. This is what can set us apart from other publications that simply cover a destination but don’t offer practical tips for readers.

For some of those who may be new or re-introducing yourself to the magazine, here are a few things you should know. You can find our updated submission guidelines and a style/grammar guide on the new website at About the Magazine.

About
Food Wine & Travel Magazine is the official publication of IFWTWA - for those who’ve been with us for awhile, we’d like to start using the proper name as opposed to the acronym. FWT doesn’t mean much to potential hosts and readers so please spell out Food Wine & Travel Magazine when you reference it. The magazine is open to IFWTWA members only and all members may contribute content. We welcome your stories about anything and everything food, wine and travel related - there are no deadlines or editorial calendars. We prefer stories told in first person. Please familiarize yourself with past articles and our submission guidelines.

Readership
The magazine has roughly 10,000 page views per month with 7,000 social media followers (many of our posts are also shared by IFWTWA’s social media followers as well. The best way to grow these numbers is to have you all share content.

Become a contributor
Food Wine & Travel Magazine is hosted on WordPress. If you’re familiar with the platform and wish to register as a contributor, please email your full name and email address [email protected]. Contributors are responsible for uploading their own content.

Request a LOA
Only contributors who have at least two published articles in Food Wine & Travel Magazine are eligible for a LOA (Letter of Assignment).

Food Wine & Travel Magazine may provide up to two LOAs per IFWTWA press trip, which must have different angles, but is not obligated to provide any number of LOAs if dissatisfied with the pitches.

Publication of an article is never guaranteed in Food Wine & Travel Magazine. Articles must be professionally written and meet the quality standards as set forth by the editorial staff. Members will be limited to 4 (four) LOAs per year from Food Wine & Travel Magazine.

To request a LOA, please send a formal pitch letter to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Name
  • Trip information - location, host, date
  • A detailed story pitch
  • Estimated word count and date of submission 

If you have questions or ideas or want to contribute, contact [email protected].


Industry Marketplace Events: How to Prepare

by Kathleen Walls

Couple in collaboration at table with laptop

It's a slow time for marketplaces but Florida Huddle is now accepting registration. The Huddle is Jan. 8 – 10 in Daytona Beach this year. The registration link is https://huddle.travmedia.com/register/. They will have pre- and post- trips but they do not tell where yet.

Another marketplace that is registering now is TBEX North America. It will be held in Billings, Montana on September 11-13, 2019. Currently it's $197 for bloggers (they include freelancers) through February 3. Remember the hotel and transportation is not included in this one. They usually have post trips but they are not announced yet. More about it at http://tbexcon.com/2019-north-america/tbex-north-america-2019-registration/

It's a good time to prepare for busier seasons by accessing what you will need to apply for most marketplaces. While you will find some differences, most will want to see a bio, your website, some of your recent clips, and usually statistics on those publication for which you write. Most will want to know what your main interests are.

Depending on the marketplace's focus, you will need to make some choices. For instance, if you are applying for an outdoor adventure summit, you will want to send clips related to outdoor activities. Likewise, if it's a family travel marketplace, don't offer distillery or winery stories. In general, pick recent clips with the most prestigious magazines you can. A short article in National Geographic will garner more attention than a long one on a friend's blog.

Once accepted, you will need to be sure you have enough business cards to pass out to all the DMOs you meet. And a few more for the new journalist friends you will meet there. Make sure your cards have pertinent information and in a font that is readable. A media kit is a good idea at any time.

Another must is when you have a story published from the marketplace, be sure to send the clip to the appropriate DMO and often to the marketplace representative. That might seem like common courtesy but there is evidence some workers don’t do it. Travel Media Marketplace offers a "Clips for Cash" feature to be sure the hosting DMO knows about the stories generated from the visit. For several years past, TMS hosts offer anything for $500 to $100 in their clips for cash. The awards are made the following year at the closing dinner. Joanne Vero, the marketplace organizer, makes it clear why. She says, "We're not bribing you to write stories. We know you'll do that. We just want to be sure you let us know what you write."

Another honor awarded at TMS is the "Most prepared journalist." At the end of the event, all DMOs vote the three most prepared journalists. They are instructed to vote for the journalist who has researched their destinations and comes to their booth with knowledge of what that destination has to offer.

In all fairness, you get to vote the best destination in terms of preparedness.

Here are some additional tips from fellow members on how to make the most of your attendance:

From Mira Temkin:
I usually create a one-page, 4 color leave-behind that I give out to all of the DMO/PR people I meet with at the shows. It features my picture, my outlets, demographics, PDFs of a few stories, my website address and contact information. This sell sheet gives me a platform to speak about when talking to them as well as creates a viable reminder of my brand. This year, I may just make copies of my TravMedia profile.

From Janice Nieder:
Most important: BE PREPARED!

1. Since you are often competing for a spot against hundreds of other travel writers, think of it from the PR person's point of view. Why should they want to talk to you? What is unique about your writing and audience? Why would you be a good fit for the show? If you have attended other trade shows, be sure to include that to show that you have been properly vetted.

2. Once you are accepted, you will only have minutes (varies from about 10-15) to pitch the DMOs/PR firms/CVBs in attendance, so you need to have your "elevator speech" down pat. Again, keep in mind that you are selling yourself so make sure to highlight "what you bring to the party" and why they would want to work with you.

If you can find out in advance what companies you have appointments with, I suggest doing a little research on them or the place they are representing so you can target your comments accordingly. Find out from their website what new events, hotels, sights etc. they are touting for the coming year, which might welcome promotion from your end.

For example, if they are representing Warsaw, Poland, and you see that there is a new n/s flight being offered next year from your hometown, you could mention that. Not only will they be impressed that you did your homework, but you could also investigate if they are planning a press trip to promote this and express your interest in being included.

3. This is just my opinion, but I have found that while everyone will take your biz card, few people want to leave a show carrying more paper than they came with, such as your media kit. If you feel you have made a connection, or talked with someone who mentioned a press trip that you really want to follow up with, I'd suggest waiting a week or two after your return and then follow-up with an email expressing your interest and your media kit.

From Mary Farah:
1. Take advantage of appointments
If your dream CVBs/firms will be at your trade show, reach out to them and inquire about making an appointment to meet them. Most vendors will be thrilled that you're interested and will block out a 10-15 minute time slot to meet with you. This is when you will further introduce yourself, who you are and how you both can benefit from working together. Have a handful of media kits on you for these interviews.

2. Less is More
That being said, unless you have a meeting with someone, go ahead and pass on handing out your media kit. In my experience, the exhibitors are meeting with countless media professionals and your kits may get lost in the shuffle. Instead, make sure to introduce yourself, have a short but meaningful conversation, pitch some story ideas and leave your business card. More importantly, make sure to take THEIR card to ensure you can follow-up. When you do, reference what you discussed in-case they need a refresher.

3. Don't be Afraid to Mingle and Network
My strongest connections made at travel shows have been with the CVBs I've just approached. No appointment. No email. I just ask who would be best to talk marketing and travel stories with, and usually have ended up connecting with a fantastic marketing or social media staff members. This is another reason why I recommend bringing your media kit in-case they inquire.

From Mary Chong:
Use your 10-15 min appointment to pitch/sell. The meeting is to introduce yourself and to get on their lists - conversation starters. Don't talk money on first meeting.

Also, I find it helpful to make notes about the meeting so that in my follow up email I can say "it was lovely speaking with you about....."

For my media kit, I bring an abbreviated postcard size leave-behind media kit for ease of travelling and follow up with an e-mail with my extended 4-page media kit.


IFWTWA Media Trip

by Dana Freeman 

Abbey Road Farm

2019 Oregon Media Trip - USA

Sip and Savor in the Willamette Valley this Winter
February 25-28, 2019

Application Deadline: December 5, 2018

  • Media Trip is open to both domestic and international members
  • $400 airline flight allowance. Accepted journalists are responsible for making their own flight arrangement. The Willamette Valley Visitors Association will reimburse up to $400 with a check upon arrival.
  • Note arrival into Portland, OR (PDX) and departure from Eugene, OR (EUG)

APPLY HERE


Media Trips and Notes

by Rossana Wyatt and Dana Freeman

Airplane Window Seat View

TRIP ETIQUETTE: Don’t be THAT WRITER

Media trips are business trips, not vacations. The reputation and credibility of our Association are central to our work and paramount to our success. Affiliation with IFWTWA affords you unique opportunities to gain privileged access to attractions, events, persons, and places of business worldwide.

While there is fun to be had on a media trip, there is also a responsibility to always act professionally. You have been invited by a host to their destination as a professional writer and should handle yourself as such. Keep in mind that you are representing our organization as well as your own brand.

These are some best practices for IFWTWA media trips:

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

Do expect long hours - Days could begin at 7:00 am and not end until the evening well after dinner.

Do share on social media - It is part of our agreement with a host destination that you will share photos, with appropriate tags and hashtags, while on site during a media trip. The host and IFWTWA measure ROI using these tags. Please share across all platforms (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages/groups), as many hosts don’t always see what is shared on personal Facebook profiles.

Do disclose all dietary and physical restrictions - Do not wait until you arrive to mention you are gluten-free or cannot walk a mile. This information is crucial for our hosts in order to plan appropriate activities, types of transportation, and meals. They will take these restrictions into consideration so that you will be able to get the most out of visiting their destination.

Do be on time - In fact, show up a few minutes early. You aren’t there to sleep late or work on other assignments. A lot of planning has gone into the media trip itinerary and if you are late it can throw off the schedule for the whole day.

Do tip housekeeping - While tips may be included as part of a hosted media trip, often times this does not include anything for the housekeeper who has made up your room.

Do follow up and say thank you - The media trip committee will properly thank our hosts but it will behoove you to send them a thank you follow-up note as well.

WHAT NOT TO DO

Do not cancel - Once you are accepted on a trip do not cancel. Cancellations are problematic for us and hurt relationships with our hosts. Destinations spend hours collaborating with the media trip committee to craft these sponsored media trips. A favorable view of us is paramount to our organization's success.

Do not ignore requests for information from a host - When contacts you, please respond to all correspondence as soon as possible.

Do not get intoxicated - Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get drunk. Do not embarrass yourself, IFWTWA or the host.

Do not skip activities - Once you arrive at a destination you are expected to participate in all scheduled activities, meals, and tours. Every journalist travels long distances and it can be tiring, however keep in mind that your expenses are being paid for by the host and their partners. Once you land you are on their time and dime. Even if you don’t happen to be feeling your perky self, you are required to join in and follow the itinerary.

Do not ask to bring a guest - Media trips are not vacations.

Do your homework - Review your itinerary and familiarize yourself with the destination and attractions you will be visiting. Come prepared to ask good questions to support your articles.

Do take notes and lots of photos - You will be busy during media trip days. Be sure to take good notes and photos to help you remember what you have experienced.

Remember how you act on a media trip could determine whether or not you are invited back. You want to leave a lasting impression that you are gracious, easy to work with and act professionally at all times.
 


Through Len's Lens

by Len Garrison

Looking through a hand-held camera lens

Once upon a time, being a travel photographer was an easy job. You simply lifted your camera up and punched the shutter. In today’s world, the dynamics are different and there’s so much more that needs to be taken into consideration.

Do you ask permission to photograph a subject, especially if it’s a portrait? If so, doesn’t that destroy the authenticity of the moment? Sometimes, permission is not needed if the subject knows and understands the reason you are there. This question has been debated over and over, and it’s a discussion all travel writers must have. Each situation is different, but we tend to operate on these general rules.

Here’s the way we see it . . .

  • We always ask permission of the main subject (unless the subject understands our purpose i.e. press trip, FAM, etc.). We approach each situation and person with respect, especially in a foreign country. And if yes, shoot tight. Facial expression and composition make the shot a story. 
  • We never photograph minors. 
  • Professional cameras can be unsettling to subjects. It won’t take you long at all to know if your subject is comfortable or not. 
  • Be respectful of a particular location – sometimes a church or religious ceremony, original artwork or crafts. 
  • In our opinion, public venues are usually fair game.
  • With permission, ask your subject to ignore you. Let them go on with their life. Get the in-between moments and there, you’ll find your image. 
  • When shooting portraits – if possible – use a 70-200mm lens for amazing quality. And, with a longer focal length, it puts the subject as ease.

That’s how we tend to operate when we travel. Following our photography rules as a shooting team keeps us out of hot water and makes us work a little harder for excellent photos. It becomes more than a point-and-shoot moment. You become invested in the process and the person.
 


Story Opportunities for Writers

by Debbra Dunning Brouillette

Woman writing on laptop with her cup of coffee

Go World Travel Magazine

Go World Travel Magazine (https://www.goworldtravel.com/) covers world travel in more than 90 countries. Go World Travel is looking for honest, down-to-earth descriptive writing. They’re not interested in a laundry list of things you saw and did; rather, we look for vivid descriptions, lively anecdotes and straightforward language that shows a sense of curiosity and interest in the destination. Go World Travel readers are travel lovers from North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and around the globe.

Articles up to 1,600 words are accepted. Payment for non-exclusive online rights is $30 to $40 per story/photo essay upon publication. All submissions can be sent to [email protected]. Please put the story title and destination in the subject line. Don’t forget to add name, address, email, and author bio to your submission (in the document itself, not just your email).


Hotel-Addict

Hotel-Addict (www.hotel-addict.com) is a hotel website and online newsletter that fills the gap between industry news and consumer reviews, publishing stories on everything from hotel trends, openings, design, spas, food, cocktails, happenings, roundups, quirky features and, yes, news and reviews. Its audience ranges from self-proclaimed hotel geeks and hotel lovers to consumers looking for unbiased, Hotel-Addict approved properties and industry members who wish to keep up with what’s happening in the hotel world.

Send your pitches to Janice Tober, Executive editor, ([email protected]) and request a style guide and review outline. Hotel-Addict pays CAD $30 for regular stories and CAD $50 for roundups and reviews. While regular contributors submit ideas and stories weekly, she looks for guest contributors who can write pieces that aren't tied to a date to run when regulars are on the road.

Story length is generally 750-1,000 words, but can be up to 2,500. Hosted stays are absolutely fine, but a disclosure must be provided at the end of the story.


Food & Nutrition Magazine®

Food & Nutrition Magazine® (http://foodandnutrition.org/) is a bimonthly publication from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals — and the premier magazine for audiences whose awareness of nutrition range from general interest to subject expertise.

Go to this “Suggest an Idea for an Article” link (http://foodandnutrition.org/contact-us/suggest-idea-article/) for all the details. Story ideas are accepted through its online form. All assignments are made in writing, and require a signed contract with the freelance author in order to be valid. The contract will specify assignment parameters, deadlines, payment amount and terms and conditions. Compensation is competitive and varies depending upon the complexity and demands of the article, as well as the proven experience of the writer. In general, Food & Nutrition Magazine® remits payment upon acceptance of the final draft and buys all rights including copyright.


Down East Magazine

Down East Magazine (https://downeast.com/) showcases Maine’s landscapes, traditions, compelling personalities, and singular way of life. Roughly a third of content is assigned as the result of freelance pitches. Everything published is directly related to state of Maine — its culture, history, personalities, destinations, current events, and more.

Submissions can be sent to [email protected] or to individual editors in one of four departments, including Food & Drink. All are open to pitches and contain stories from 100- 800 words. Other longer stories are covered in Featurettes and My Maine, a section most open to new contributors.

See detailed descriptions and complete writers’ and photographers’ guidelines at this link: https://downeast.com/guidelines/. Payment varies, between $.60/word and $.75/word, depending on the complexity of the assignment and intended use in the magazine; $400 for My Maine essays.


Luxe Beat Magazine

Luxe Beat Magazine (https://luxebeatmag.com/) publishes a digital magazine that is subscription-based and offered in print, on-demand. Additionally, online articles are posted daily. New content will be reviewed for inclusion in the digital edition and if selected will be held until the appropriate digital edition is released. That same article will be posted online after the digital version is released. Not all content that is selected will be included in the digital publication and may only be promoted on the website. The magazine is seeking new contributors to add to its database of writers. New applications are reviewed monthly. Go to this link to Become a Contributor: https://luxebeatmag.com/become-contributor/. Here is a link to Submission Guidelines: https://luxebeatmag.com/submissions/.


More Press Trip Opportunities

by Betsi Hill

Fly Away Suitcase

Here are our picks of non-IFWTWA sponsored press trips you'll find interesting:

Surrounded by America’s history - Farmville, Virginia
This historic town, located an hour from Richmond, is an ideal place to visit. Two historic colleges, miles of furniture shopping, attracting shoppers from across the East Coast, a revived Main Street, a new boutique hotel, wonderful restaurants and more await visitors.

Farmville was the site of the final hours of battle in the Civil War before Lee surrendered at nearby Appomattox. It was also the student birthplace of America’s Civil Rights movement.

In 1951, hundreds of African American students, led by 16-year-old Barbara Johns, walked out of Moton High, their all-black, segregated school, to protest its deplorable conditions. The students’ strike and the subsequent legal case were folded into the Brown v. Board of Education case that eventually ended state-sanctioned public school segregation. A decade later, Farmville again found itself at the national forefront of civil rights movement, its public schools closed for five years during the peak of Massive Resistance. This story is little known, but in the past few years, it has begun to capture more interest

There is a powerful and thriving museum in what was once the school, Moton Museum — a partnership with Longwood University, which has apologized for its indifference during the civil rights era and is committed to helping share that history with its students and the nation. This year the museum was added to the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail (https://civilrightstrail.com/).
Media contact: [email protected]


Arctic Travel with Off the Map Travel
Off the Map Travel has a new range of new experiences designed to make any trip above the Arctic Circle full of fun, adventure and luxury. Here is a sampling of what they offer:

VOLDA floating lodge, Tromso, Norway
Moored off the coast of Tromso Island, guests can now stay on a Norwegian fjord.
Built on a ferry from the 1960s, the VOLDA floating lodge was converted into luxury accommodation using Scandinavian design to create a special place for guests to relax and hunt for the Northern Lights.

Apukka Resort, Rovaniemi, Finland
First launched in December 2017, the new Apukka Resort has created an opportunity to stay in individually made Ice cabins located in the wilderness surrounding Rovaniemi, Finland.

The new Igloo Lodge, Ilulissat, Greenland
Stay in a traditional hand-built igloo village, called the Igloo Lodge. This is made up of five spacious igloos, each with room for two people, and complete with reindeer skins, warm winter sleeping bags and a petroleum lamp on a night table.
This adventure strips back the luxury and gets guests back to nature, spending a night in the Arctic tundra like the Innuits have done years before.

Skaret Lodge, Tromso, Norway
Skaret Lodge has created a new luxury experience on Ringvassøya, Norway’s 6th biggest island. The new lodge suits those looking to experience the Northern Lights from the local fjords to experiencing the aurora dancing over the summit of the local mountains.

An Arctic Masterclass, Lulea, Sweden
A new and exclusive itinerary from Off the Map Travel has been designed to teach guest the core winter skills required to survive in the Arctic.
This includes Arctic clothing, building and cooking over an open fire, ice fishing, how to embark on a snowshoe trek, dogsled and snowmobile safari while exploring the local relationship with the Northern Lights.

24 hours of Northern lights, Svalbard, Norway
Off the Map Travel have launched their first opportunity to hunt for the Aurora 24 hours of the day in Svalbard, Norway.
It is available from November to late January, when the winter sun is more than 6o below the horizon giving visitors dark skies throughout the day, doubling the chance of experiencing the Aurora.
Guests stay in the new Funken Lodge.

For more information, visit www.offthemap.travel
Media contact: [email protected]


Austin Adventures Offers Outdoor Adventure

Here is a sampling of what Austin Adventures offers. For more, visit Austin Adventures.
Scotland
Edinburgh to Loch Lomond is a nine-day trip that takes in Scottish history, culture, whisky, castles, lochs and lore.
British Columbia: Purcell Mountains
The Purcell Mountains in southeastern British Columbia offer soaring peaks, towering waterfalls and massive glaciers.
www.austinadventures.com/packages/british-

Canada
The six-day Alberta: Banff Hiking Adventure that goes deep into the wild side of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.
www.austinadventures.com/packages/alberta-

Peru
Salkantay Lodge to Lodge progresses through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu on the Salkantay Trail with stays in mountain lodges.
www.austinadventures.com/packages/peru-

For more information, www.austinadventures.com
Media contact: Sara Widness at [email protected]


Cruise the Amazon with Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises will offer cruising in the Amazon aboard the only luxury catamaran in the region when it launches the La Jangada in April 2019.

The La Jangada cruise will offer a 12-day itinerary from Manaus, Brazil to Tefe, Brazil, and a 13-day itinerary from Manaus, Brazil to Leticia, Colombia.

The cruises will include: wildlife spotting, piranha and catfish fishing, visiting an indigenous village, jungle treks, motor boat expeditions and medicinal plant explorations.

Rainforest Cruises: Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specialising in adventure cruises in the Amazon River, Galapagos Islands, Mekong and Irrawaddy River.

For more information: www.rainforestcruises.com
Media contact: [email protected]


Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland Resort!

The Gaylord Resort is known for it’s incredible ice sculptures, and this year they have pulled out all the stops!

The resort's signature holiday attraction—ICE! presented by DEI—features Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Experience scenes from the beloved 1957 Dr. Seuss classic in 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures. Kept at nine degrees Fahrenheit, ICE! is hand-carved by 40 master artisans from Harbin, China, and will include scenes of The Grinch, Max, Cindy Lou Who and the rest of the Whos from Who-ville. If you can't get enough of The Grinch, try the brand new Feast with The Grinch character dining experience or The Grinch's Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt through the resort's nine acres of indoor gardens.

Inside the resort's Holiday Halls, guests will find an 8,000-square-foot indoor ice rink where they can skate and catch a 30-minute ice skating show, hop aboard the Opryland Express kids' train, stop by the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, or take a whirl on the Santa's Spinners tea cup ride!

The Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience lets guests make their very own furry winter friend—a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories

Additional holiday festivities include an extreme ice tubing hill, toe-tapping holiday cruises on the General Jackson Showboat, carriage rides, photos with Santa and an outdoor nativity.

Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, Tenn., is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands. The 2,888-room hotel offers "everything in one place"— diverse dining options, a full-service spa, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping, an award-winning golf course and more.

For more information, visit www.GaylordOpryland.com
Media contact: Tammy Henry, [email protected]
 


Photo of the Month

by Judy & Len Garrison

 Photo by Janice Nieder of Desuri, Rajasthanof villager puffing pipe

Local villager puffing contentedly on his pipe in Desuri, a small village in Rajasthan

Photo by Janice Nieder


Congratulations to our December winner, Janice Nieder.

Nieder’s photograph is a prime example of getting in tight and filling the frame.

Thanks for all the great entries this month. Don’t forget to keep telling your stories visually!

Send your entries to us at [email protected] before December 20 for the January issue. Please include the location of the shot, what is happening within the shot, and any backstory needed that will inspire us.

To everyone, have a wonderful holiday season.
Judy and Len Garrison
Seeing Southern


Professional Development

by Linda Milks

Cogs of professional development wheels

New this month:

IFWTWA members can find all the videos prepared by fellow IFWTWA members on matters of social media by going to the IFWTWA website and scrolling to the bottom of the Home Page.

At the bottom of the page under “Members Only” there is a listing for “Professional Development.”

Once a member clicks on this link, the information for 8 videos will appear. Or you can use this link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCat91uJJGzKvJrwBqdV6L9w


Member Recognitions

by Linda Kissam

It’s an honor to introduce you to our new members and to give recognition to members having anniversaries this month. We thank our new and anniversary members for including IFWTWA on their pathway to success. Your choice to work hard, think positive, network, and use your member benefits brings you to a whole new level of achievement. Way to go!

ANNIVERSARIES

5 YEARS

Hilarie Larson
Northwinds Wine Consulting
Temecula, CA, USA
* * * * *

NEW MEMBERS

Heide Brandes
Heide Writes
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Sucheta Rawal
Sucheta Rawal
Smyma, GA, USA
* * * * *


New on the website

by Adrianne Morrison

IFWTWA Website Home Page Image

Big Blend Radio - Member Benefit, 2019 Radio show line-up, FAQ,

Food Wine & Travel MagazineAbout the Magazine Guidelines, Style Guide and LoA

Member Profile Enhancements 
We've made several new updates to our member user profiles and the directory search capabilities on our new website. To see an example of what they look like, take a look at Tom Talleur's profile

1. Your Profile
Access your profile then click EDIT so the fields will appear, then you can amend your profile to:

  • Add up to 8 stories in your profile;
  • Add all of your social media accounts;
  • Add more subjects you write about;
  • Add a second website.

2. Opt-in Out-out
You can now OPT OUT from having your profile found in a public search. It is now MANDATORY for all users to answer the Opt-In Opt-Out area of their profile to tell the system if you DO or DO NOT wish for your profile to be found in a public directory search.

3. Directory
The public can now search our website directory by using a first name, last name, both, or none (hitting enter will return the whole site contents except for those who opt out).

Media Placements - 2018 Vermont Outlets added as they become available

Professional Developmentupdates added monthly

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