Processing Magazine

Student journalists conduct national food safety investigation

October 4, 2011

PHOENIX -- The Washington Post and msnbc.com this week are publishing a major national investigation into food safety in America, conducted by student journalists from five universities participating in the national Carnegie-Knight News21 program, according to a press release.

Twenty-seven News21 fellows from Arizona State University, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska and Harvard University collaborated to produce the project, which examines food safety issues through in-depth stories, photos, video, graphics and interactive databases.

The stories being published by The Washington Post this week detail the widespread incidence and many causes of foodborne illness in the U.S. and show how a combination of industry practices and gaps in government oversight leaves consumers vulnerable.