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Courtney McCourt
Program Assistant
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Metcalf Institute Announces Eleventh Annual
Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND - October 20, 2008 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting seeks applicants for its science training fellowship, the Eleventh Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.

Metcalf Institute offers ten fellowships for early to mid-career journalists to attend a week-long (June 7-12, 2009) science immersion workshop at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. To address the 2009 theme of global change in coastal ecosystems, participants will experience fieldwork in and around Narragansett Bay and lab exercises at one of the nation's premier research institutions. Fellows will also attend lectures by leading scientists and policy makers and participate in journalism clinics.

"Reporters and editors on all beats, in any medium, stand to benefit tremendously from a better understanding of how to clearly and accurately report on science and the environment," said Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf executive director.

Applications for the Eleventh Annual Workshop must be postmarked by January 26, 2009. Each fellowship provides tuition, room and board, and travel reimbursement. The fellowships are available to journalists with a minimum of two years experience in journalism and a demonstrated interest in science and the environment.

Additional information and applications are available at 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 20, 2008