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Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
Awards 10 Journalism Fellowships

Program to Focus on Energy, Environmental Science and Reporting

NARRAGANSETT, RI - May 18, 2010 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has awarded fellowships to 10 reporters. The fellows will attend Metcalf's week-long Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography from June 6 to June 11, 2010.

The 2010 Metcalf fellows are: Patrick Cassidy, reporter at the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, MA; Jennifer Cunningham, reporter for the North Jersey Media Group, Woodland Park, NJ; Coral Davenport, reporter on energy and the environment for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, DC; Joanna Kakissis, a freelance environmental journalist from Athens, Greece; Jennifer Kho, a freelance environmental reporter from Oakland, CA; Alex Kuffner, reporter at The Providence Journal in Providence, RI; Melissa Pamer, an environmental reporter for the Daily Breeze in Torrance, CA; Yereth Rosen, an independent reporter for Reuters based in Anchorage, AK; William Trotter, reporter for the Bangor Daily News in Bangor, ME; and Manuela Zoninsein, a China correspondent for Engineering News-Record, in New York, NY.

Complete bios and fellowship details are available here.

Metcalf Institute's 2010 Annual Workshop for Journalists, Energy Impacts: Environmental Science for Journalists, teams journalists with scientists and regulatory experts to work in the field and lab and consider research and policy on energy and environmental issues. Fellows will gain a better understanding of renewable energy sources, energy policy and research methods, and will cultivate scientific sources while sharpening their reporting skills.

The 2010 Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Workshop, and concurrent public lecture series, are made possible in part through the generous support of Charlotte Metcalf, Lucy Metcalf, Pamela Thye & J. Frederick Thye through the J. Frederick Thye Charitable Trust, Helen Buchanan, The Energy Foundation, The Chicago Tribune Foundation, Mrs. Robert H.I. Goddard, Robert Kilmarx, Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Thorndike, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Penney.

The mission of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is to promote clear and accurate reporting of scientific news and environmental issues; to strengthen understanding and working relationships between members of the scientific community and members of the news media; and to provide opportunities for beginning journalists to learn, on both a formal and an informal level, how to improve their skills in marine and environmental reporting.

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. The Metcalf Institute provides science training for reporters and editors to help improve the accuracy and clarity of marine and environmental reporting and offers journalism fellowships in support of diversity and reporting on science and the environment. For more information, contact the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at 401-874-6211 or online at www.metcalfinstitute.org.



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May 18, 2010