Amy Sowder

August 2017 - Present

Bonappetit, New York, NY

Freelance Writer

March 2014 - Present

USAToday.com, New York

Food Writer

January  2015 - Present

​​​August 2014 - Present

Smitten kitchen, New York, NY

Editorial Assistant

Westchester Magazine, New York

Feature Food Writer

The News Journal, pnj.com, Florida

Gannett Staff Writer

February 2007 - April 2014

  • USA Today published my A1 feature story, video, poll results and photo galleries on coffee trends, work culled from research, calls and visit to Coffee Fest NY.
  • Staff writer covering food primarily for the Taste section, including: A weekly Hot Dish story, video and photo gallery spotlighting a restaurant’s signature dish; a weekly Farm to Fork piece on seasonal ingredients and recipes; a weekly Inspector Gadget column on kitchen tools; and features on food news, dining trends, nutrition and restaurant stories that also appeared on A1, Business and Living Well sections as well as the glossy monthly Grandeur magazine.
  • Shot, edited and posted 1-2 feature videos and 1-2 photo galleries a week.
  • Actively engaged online audience with SEO tactical posts, including social media, to contribute to news-press.com’s 1 million unique visitors and 13 million monthly page views; also used live chats, crowd sourcing and polls.
  • Managed budget for Coastal Life, writing the weekly cover story, as well as weekly stories on wellness, restaurants, arts, events, business and charity.
  • Pitched ideas, interviewed and wrote arts and entertainment articles, interviewing celebrities such as Dolly Parton, Kevin Nealon and Tommy Chong. Also covered three Naples Winter Wine Festivals, one of the nation’s largest charity wine fests, interviewing Spago and Gramercy Tavern chefs.

​September 2013 - December 2013

Americasfarmstand.com, New York, NY

Freelance Video Producer, Copywriter

January 2014 - May 2014

May 2014 - Present

Thehealthyapple.com, New York, NY

Freelance Editorial Assistant

  • Edit, rewrite and proofread recipes, feature articles and short stories on nutrition, integrative medicine, holistic health solutions, cooking and food shopping.
  • Work with editor in chief to organize and refine content for a cookbook.
  • Help write food pieces for Glamour, Clean Eating and Simply Gluten-Free.

My Skills

 

  • Writing and Editing
  • Layout and Production
  • Photography and Photoshop
  • Video Shooting and Editing
  • Social Media
  • SEO 

My Experience

The Journal News, Lohud.com, New York

Freelance Food & Fitness Journalist

  • Assist Deb Perelman with her hit cooking blog, smittenkitchen.com, by doing website editing, ingredient sourcing and reference work. Perelman is the site's author, cook and photographer, the same roles she took to create the hardcover, glossy-paged "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook," published by Knopf. It's a national bestseller and winner of the IACP Julia Child First Book Award, also named one of Cooking Light magazine’s "Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years."
  • Help with reader engagement and interactions, answering recipe questions and organizing materials as she works on her second cookbook now.

​March 2015 - Present

Brooklyn Magazine, brooklyn, NY

Food Journalist

  • Covered hurricanes, crime, environment and Bella magazine features.
  • Posted breaking news online, created podcasts.

The News-Press, news-Press.com, Florida

Gannett Multimedia Food, Lifestyles, Social Journalist

  • Wrote customer-oriented, timely, snappy copy promoting farmer food gifts.
  • Arranged and shot interviews, B-roll and photos; edited with voice-overs and music; produced and posted a video of a longtime family-owned citrus farm.

Food & Fitness multimedia Journalist

October 2015 - Present

Chowhound.com, New York, NY

Assistant Editor

February 2005 - February 2007