American Food Roots

American Food Roots shares our culinary history

Hows the caviar in Texas? NMWE 2013 winner American Food Roots’ new project proves that, even in a global world, local cuisine preserves its flavor. The new 50 States Initiative wants to share local dishes with everyone accross the U.S and the globe. Whether you are looking for cheese and game meat in Wisconsin or want to know which beer to pair with a SPAM supper, the 50 States Initiative will dislodge regional food secrets for the world to know.

American Food Roots

Strategic Partnering for Start Ups

J-Lab, American University’s SOC and MAME programs, The National Press Club sponsored the New Media Women Entrepreneurs: Making New Ideas Happen summit. The summit featured 11 talks on how to make a start-up work. Watch the other talks on Vimeo. Michele Kayal, co-founder of American Food Roots, reveals the best way to partner strategically and build a new media project.

Four Women-Led News Ideas Awarded $56,000

For Release:
March 13, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Four innovative news ideas – to cover the cultural narrative of food, build e-platforms for long-form women writers, expand Latino coverage in New England, and spotlight emerging women musicians –won $14,000 awards to develop their projects in the coming year.

The award winners were selected from 205 proposals received in the sixth year of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative (NMWE). They join 18 other awardees selected from 2,011 applicants since 2008.

Clear Health Costs

New Partnership with WNYC founder Jeanne Pinder is partnering with WNYC to map both the costs of birth-control pills and mammograms with crowdsourced information in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Check out the maps here:

clearhealthcosts-brian-lehrerShe talked about the new initiative on the May 3 Brian Lehrer Show. The cash or self-pay prices for birth control pills at various pharmacies in the New York region can vary widely, she says in her blog. Costs for one pill, Tri-Sprintec 28, ranged from $9 to $63; another, Yaz-28, ranged from $68 to $112, she reports.

$56,000 Awarded to Four Women-Led News Projects

For Release:
March 6, 2012 

Washington, D.C. – Four public-service news ideas – from a site that compares local health costs and a tablet app for news comics, to a western North Carolina investigative news site, and a fast-growing LGBT site based in Seattle – each won a $14,000 award to develop their projects in the coming year.

The award winners were selected from 227 proposals received in the fifth year of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative.

“This year’s winners demonstrated clear-cut mindsets to take their start-up ideas and grow them into entrepreneurial businesses,” said Jan Schaffer, director J-Lab, which administers the program.

New Funding for Women Media Entrepreneurs

For release:            Contact: Jan Schaffer
Nov. 15, 2011         202-885-8100

Washington, D.C. – J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University has been awarded $250,000 from the McCormick Foundation to fund eight innovative women-led news startups over the next two years.

Under the grant, eight winners (four in 2012 and four in 2013) will each be given an initial $12,000 to launch their ideas. The winners will receive an additional $2,000 in the second year if they match it with $2,000 from other sources.

Four Women-Led News Ideas Win Entrepreneur Awards

Jun. 22, 2011, Washington, D.C. — Four diverse news ideas – including a mobile platform for hyperlocal news sites; a tech news site for Austin, Texas; a news magazine covering women’s basketball; and a rollout of a site for visualizing economic data – each won a $12,000 award to launch their projects in the coming year.

The award winners were selected from 378 proposals received in the fourth year of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative.

Creators of Witty, Angel-Backed Health Website Awarded New Media Women Entrepreneurs of the Year

Monday, November 8, 2010

For more information, contact:
Jan Schaffer or Andrew Pergam 202-885-8100

Washington, D.C. – Stacey Borden and Meghan Muntean, who earlier this year launched ChickRx, a witty health website for 20-something women, today were honored with J-Lab’s New Media Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The idea for was funded last year by a grant from the McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs program.

In addition to their $10,000 start-up award, Borden and Muntean, both invested personal savings into ChickRx to get the project off the ground. They began laying the groundwork for the company while Borden was an MBA student at Harvard Business School and Muntean was an Assistant Vice President at a Wall Street investment bank. Now supported with $400,000 from an angel investor, the website provides well-researched health news to women in a humorous, relatable way.