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Kat Anderson, Publicity Coordinator, (401) 874-6009

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
Awards Ten Journalism Fellowships

NARRAGANSETT, RI - May 23, 2011 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has awarded fellowships to ten reporters. The Metcalf Fellows will attend the 13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists and concurrent Public Lecture Series at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, June 12 to June 17, 2011.

The 2011 Metcalf Fellows are: Russ Choma, investigative reporter for The Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, DC; Emily Elert, freelance writer from Brooklyn, NY; Floriano Filho, reporter and editor of special features for TV Brasil in Brasilia, Brazil; Trimmel Gomes, news director for WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio in Tallahassee, FL; Sujata Gupta, correspondent for New Scientist magazine and freelance journalist in San Francisco, CA; Bellamy Pailthorp, news reporter for National Public Radio's KPLU Pacific Public Media in Seattle, WA; Jacopo Pasotti, freelance science journalist from Basel, Switzerland; Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, LA; Kate Sheppard, environmental reporter for Mother Jones Magazine in Washington, DC; and Dom Yanchunas, associate editor with Professional Mariner magazine in Portland, ME.

Complete bios and fellowship details are available online here.

Metcalf Institute's Annual Workshop is a hands-on introduction to research methods, data analysis, translation of scientific research, and integration of science and policy. The 2011 workshop, Coastal Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, will be held in Narragansett, RI, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Fellows will explore the state of the science and methods used to assess the impacts of the spill and will gain a better understanding of environmental science research, cultivate scientific resources and sharpen their reporting skills through daily fieldwork and labs.

This year's Metcalf science immersion fellowships are made possible by a Rapid Response grant through the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education program.

The mission of Metcalf Institute 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 and Environmental Reporting, based at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, 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, Metcalf Institute administers The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. For more information, contact Metcalf Institute at 401-874-6211 or visit us online at

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Posted: May 23, 2011