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A News21 food and health reporting project by UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Diana Jou, web producer

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Diana Jou is a multimedia producer interested in international reporting, food, and technology. She was raised in Los Angeles and has lived and worked in Germany, Japan, and Taiwan. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and has experience in graphic design. She is currently doing a video internship with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

Stories by Diana Jou

Illustration of a fake organic stamp by Diana Jou

Caught: Fake Organic Certificates from China



China has a reputation for producing knock-offs of luxury brands like Louis Vuitton purses and BMW cars. Add organic food and wine to the list of faux products. Continue reading

Illustration of a nutritional facts label and confusion by Lily Mihalik

A Nutritional Facts Label for the People, By the People

One project asks, "Can design change the way we eat?"

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of revising the nutritional facts label, that rectangular box of information outlining the calories, serving size, and percent daily values on packaged food products.

The black and white nutritional facts label was first standardized in 1994, after the passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which mandated food product packaging to clearly state fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium content. Since then, little has changed. Continue reading

Rethink The Food Label graphic by Diana Jou

Rethink The Food Label

The Nutrition Facts label is confusing. The Obama administration wants to create an easier to understand label, that offers better information that is currently available. We asked the public to submit design ideas a more user-friendly nutrition facts label. Continue reading