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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Metcalf Institute Announces Science Training
Fellowships for Minority Journalists

NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND - October 20, 2008 - Reporting on the environment, public policy, and even business, often requires journalists to explain complex scientific research and its implications. Early career reporters can gain these skills through Metcalf Institute's 2009-2010 Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting.

The Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting are offered to traditionally under-represented racial and ethnic minority journalists with U.S. citizenship who are interested in studying marine and environmental science and developing environmental reporting skills. The reporters pursue their scientific interests during a one-month independent study at the University of Rhode Island, followed by a nine-month reporting assignment covering environmental and science-based news at news outlets around the nation such as CNN, the Los Angeles Times, PRI's The World, and the Christian Science Monitor.

"This fellowship fosters the development of young, knowledgeable environmental reporters, while also encouraging a broader variety of perspectives in reporting on environmental issues," said Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director.

The Diversity Fellowships, intended to increase quality environmental reporting and diversity in newsrooms around the country, are partially supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Pending funding, each fellowship will include a $30,000 stipend and travel compensation. Applications for the 2009-2010 Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting must be postmarked by February 23, 2009. The fellowship is available to journalists from all media with a demonstrated interest in science and the environment and a minimum of two years professional experience in journalism.

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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