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Karen Southern
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2012 Metcalf Fellowships Awarded

Workshop helps reporters & editors better understand the science behind the critically important environmental issues they cover.

Narragansett, RI, April 24, 2012 Ten reporters have been selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants to attend Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting's 14th Annual Science Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems.

The workshop, which runs June 3 through 8th at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, will introduce fellows to the local, regional, and global effects of climate change, water pollution, and overfishing on coastal environments.

"I'm thrilled to see the quality of reporting and the commitment to excellence that each of these journalists bring to the 14th Annual Science Workshops," said Sunshine Menezes, executive director of Metcalf Institute. "I'm certain the fellows will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the science behind global change and coastal ecosystems and with enhanced investigative skills that will significantly improve their reporting on the environment."

The 2012 Metcalf Fellows are:

  • Michelle Berger, associate editor for Audubon magazine in New York, NY.
  • Mary Ann Bragg, reporter for the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, MA.
  • Grace Chua, reporter for The Straits Times in Singapore.
  • Robert S. Eshelman, freelance reporter in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Rosa Flores Dee, reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans, LA.
  • Stephanie May Joyce, reporter for Unalaska Community Broadcasting in Unalaska, AK.
  • Elaine Lembo, deputy editor of Cruising World in Middletown, RI.
  • Marta Smigrowska, host of TV program, Eco Reporter on Polsat News in Warsaw, Poland.
  • Matt Smith, news editor for CNN in Atlanta, GA.
  • Meera Subramanian, freelance reporter in West Barnstable, MA.

Complete biographical information and details about the fellowship are available here at our website.

The journalists will gain hands-on research experience through scientific fieldwork in and around Narragansett Bay, lab exercises at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation's premier research institutions, and discussions with leading writers and scientists. The workshop includes training in environmental research methods, translating scientific publications, and opportunities to cultivate scientific sources and sharpen reporting skills for any story in which the public interest intersects with environmental change.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & 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 providing science training for reporters and editors to help improve the accuracy and clarity of environmental reporting, Metcalf Institute administers The Grantham Prize, the world's largest cash prize for journalism awarded for excellence in environmental reporting.

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April 23, 2012