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Bud Ward
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Prize Winners to be Honored; Expert Panel
to Weigh Climate Change Options

NARRAGANSETT, RI, July 29, 2008 - The third annual Grantham Prize Seminar on the State of Environmental Journalism will honor the year's best environmental journalism from the U.S. and Canada and include an engaging discussion on responses to climate change at the Freedom Forum's Newseum in Washington, D.C., on September 8, 2008.

The $75,000 Grantham Prize, the largest cash prize for journalism in the world, will be awarded to a seven-person team from The New York Times for their series, "Choking on Growth," about the environmental impacts of China's unprecedented development. Awards of Special Merit (each carrying a $5,000 prize) will also be given for the National Public Radio series, "Climate Connections;" the Daytona Beach News-Journal series, "Natural Treasures"; and the series, "The Big Thaw," which appeared in the Edmonton Journal and the Toronto Star.

The seminar will open at 1 p.m. with public presentations by the 2008 Grantham Prize winners and Award of Special Merit recipients. These journalists will describe how they developed their stories and take questions from the audience until 4 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., the public seminar will reconvene with a panel to address climate change mitigation and adaptation options. What is feasible from scientific, environmental, private sector, and political perspectives? How will media coverage of these approaches affect their ultimate success? The panel will be moderated by Lisa Mullins, host of Public Radio International's The World, and will feature James McCarthy, world-renowned climate scientist and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; James Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy; Bracken Hendricks, co-author of "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy" and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; and Joseph Kahn, project leader for the 2008 Grantham Prize-winning team. Members of Congress also will discuss the challenges of creating a national climate change policy. This important discussion will bring science, economics, environmental policy, and journalism together to inform voters about the major climate change policy deliberations facing the next President and Congress and the nation.

The 2008 Grantham Prize Seminar will be held in the Knight Conference Center of the Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot museum offering visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

Registrations must be made by August 22, 2008. Visit the Grantham Prize website at to reserve your seats.

The winner presentations and panel discussion will be webcast live from the Newseum and available from the Grantham Prize and Metcalf Institute websites, and

The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment was created in 2005 through a joint effort between the University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. The prestigious award honors the work of one journalist or team of journalists for exemplary reporting on the environment. The annual prize is open to all media for work originally produced within the U.S. and Canada, and recognizes nonfiction work published or broadcast in the previous year.

The Grantham Prize is funded by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham through The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. The foundation supports natural resource conservation programs both in the United States and internationally. Jeremy Grantham is a Boston-based investment strategist and Hannelore Grantham is the Director of The Grantham Foundation.

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 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.


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August 14, 2008