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Jenna K. White

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Freelance Food Writer — Freelance

storyteller, idealist, wordsmith, foodist | contrib @edible_houston @houstoniamag | freelance, #slowfood, beer/cocktails, #binders | more on IG @starvingfoodist

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Biography

Jenna K. White is a freelance writer who recently packed her life into three suitcases and headed to Holland to ride bikes and eat cheese. After regularly contributing to Houstonia and Edible Houston magazines, she's now focusing her sites on food and travel freelance work that provides a sense o...

Interview

What was your first job as a journalist?

Staff Writer for the Public Safety beat at The Columbia-Missourian

What does it mean to be a journalist?

To me, it's about the love of telling a good story, getting to know a community and digging for that underlying narrative as mucb as geeking out over sparkling quotes and vivid imagery and rewrites to eliminate a widow or orphan. It's diligently working to cultivate relationships while earning the respect of peers and the trust of readers. It's the curiosity. It's the idealism and how the pleasure of rereading one's own story once it's published never gets old.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

During senior year, I played cards with the sports writer and fought to keep "balls to the wall" in a profile I wrote about my friends' rock band. (The school was conservative; I did not succeed.)

Awards

Edible Communities EDDY Awards: Critics Choice

2016 - Best Recipe: Signature (Regional Tradition)
Recognized by a panel of judges for my feature story that explores a family's heritage recipe and the beloved holiday tradition of making tamales, which has been passed down by generations, from Mexico to Houston. Story was selected among hundreds nominated from 85+ Edible Communities publications across the country. It was my second story for Edible Houston, and I was awestruck to receive such an honor.

Edible Communities EDDY Awards: People's Choice

2016 - Best Recipe: Signature (Regional Tradition)
Awarded thanks to winning this year's People's Choice online voting for my feature story that explores a family's heritage recipe and the beloved holiday tradition of making tamales, which has been passed down by generations, from Mexico to Houston. Story was selected among hundreds nominated from 85+ Edible Communities publications across the country. To receive such community support and recognition helps remind me that I'm on the right path.