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Brandie Jefferson, Program Assistant
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For release on or after May 18, 2009

Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
Awards 11 Journalism Fellowships
Program focuses on environmental science and reporting

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. - May 19, 2009 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded Annual Workshop for Journalists fellowships to 11 reporters. The Fellows will attend Metcalf's week-long marine and environmental science immersion program at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography from June 7 to June 12, 2009.

The 2009 Metcalf Fellows are: Simone Aponte, news producer at KFMB-TV/CBS 8 in San Diego; Eliza Barclay, freelance journalist published in National Geographic News, The New York Times, and others; Justin Fritscher, reporter at the Clarion-Ledger and Rankin Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi; Eva Gilliam, freelance video journalist working with the Associated Press Television News, BBC/WPRI's The World and others; Colleen Kimmett, science and environment reporter for in Vancouver; Ted Nesi, reporter at the Providence Business News in Providence, Rhode Island; Sarah Parsons, a freelance environment writer based in New York; Niki Price, reporter at Oregon Coast Today; Javier Serna, sports writer for The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina; Robert Silk, reporter for the Key West Citizen and Islamorada Free Press; and Sarah Welsh, assistant news editor at the Rio Grande Sun in Espanola, New Mexico.

Bios and details about the fellowship are available at

The fellowship program, "Coastal Impacts: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems," exposes journalists to the basic science underlying environmental news to help them improve the accuracy and clarity of science-based news reporting. The workshop includes research in the field and lab with scientists and a public lecture series focusing on water resources, fisheries, sea level rise and public policy responses to climate change.

The 2009 Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Workshop was made possible in part through generous gifts from Charlotte Metcalf, Pamela and J. Frederick Thye through the J. Frederick Thye Charitable Trust, Lucy Metcalf, Helen Buchanan, the Chicago Tribune Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sharpe, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Penney, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. W. Nicholas Thorndike, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Coe Nicholson.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, a leading provider of science training for journalists, was established in 1997 with funding from Belo Corp., The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Washington Post's Philip L. Graham Fund, and the Telaka Foundation. The Metcalf Institute was named for the late publisher of The Providence Journal, Michael P. Metcalf.

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May 19, 2009