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Katharine McDuffie
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Metcalf Institute Hires New Communications Director
To Lead Outreach Efforts

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting administers world's largest cash prize for journalism and gives journalists the tools they need to produce accurate, compelling news stories about the environment

NARRAGANSETT, RI - March 7, 2012 - The Metcalf for Marine & Environmental Reporting has hired veteran journalist and communication strategist Karen Southern to lead the organization's communications efforts. The Metcalf Institute, based at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, provides journalists with the tools they need to enhance the accuracy and clarity of their reporting on the environment. The Institute also recognizes excellence in environmental reporting by administering the prestigious $75,000 Grantham Prize, the largest cash prize for journalism in the world.

"I am pleased to have someone with Karen's communications skills and expertise on our team," said Sunshine Menezes, executive director, Metcalf Institute. "Her experience as a former journalist and her ability to think strategically is exactly what Metcalf Institute needs right now as we prepare to implement our five-year strategic plan."

Southern, who previously worked as press secretary for the former mayor of Providence, will help Metcalf Institute promote The Grantham Prize and the Institute's science training workshops for journalists and strengthen the organization's social media presence.

Established in 2005, The Grantham Prize is administered by the Metcalf Institute and is funded by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham through the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. The winner of the 2012 Grantham Prize will be announced on June 6.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting was established in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987. In addition to administering The Grantham Prize, Metcalf Institute provides science training for reporters and editors to help improve the accuracy and clarity of environmental reporting and offers journalism fellowships in support of diversity and reporting on science and the environment.

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March 21, 2012