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Metcalf Institute Announces Training Fellowships for Journalists
Fellowships focus on basic science reporting and minority journalists.

NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND October 4, 2007 Reporting on the environment, public policy, and even business, often requires journalists to explain complex scientific research and its implications. The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental reporting is recruiting journalists for two science training fellowships: Metcalf's Tenth Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, and the Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting.

Both fellowships provide immersion in the research underlying environmental news. Journalists learn how marine and environmental science is conducted by working with scientists, graduate students, and policy experts. Participants study the application of science to public policy, community and the news.

The Tenth Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 8-13, 2008, offers ten fellowships for early to mid-career journalists to attend a week-long science immersion workshop at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. Participants work in the field and lab, attend lectures and discussions by leading writers and researchers, and participate in journalism clinics. Each fellowship provides tuition, room and board, and limited travel reimbursement. Applications for the Tenth Annual Workshop must be postmarked by January 28, 2008.

The Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting are offered to five traditionally under-represented minority journalists with U.S. citizenship interested in studying marine and environmental science and developing environmental reporting skills. Participants partake in a one-month independent study at the University of Rhode Island with a nine-month reporting assignment covering environmental and science-based news at one of five news outlets. The Diversity Fellowships, which are intended to increase quality environmental reporting and diversity in newsrooms around the country, are supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and each includes a $34,000 stipend and limited travel reimbursement. Applications for the Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting must be postmarked by March 18, 2008.

Both fellowships are available to journalists from all media who are interested in learning about science and the environment. Applicants should have a minimum of one to two years experience in journalism and a strong interest in science reporting.

Additional information and applications are available at www.metcalfinstitute.org or by calling (401) 874-6211. The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, named for Michael P. Metcalf, late publisher of The Providence Journal, was established in 1997 with funding from the Belo Corporation, The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Philip L. Graham Fund, and the Telaka Foundation.

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October 23, 2007