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Jennifer Mathews, Publicity Coordinator, (401) 874-6009

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
Announces 2012 Fellowships for Journalists

NARRAGANSETT, RI - November 9, 2011 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting will offer ten science training fellowships in 2012 for professional journalists to attend the 14th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.

The week-long fellowship, "Coastal Impacts: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems," will be held at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, June 3-8, 2012. The Metcalf workshop will introduce journalists to the local, regional, and global implications of climate change, water pollution, and overfishing on coastal environments. Fellows will gain hands-on experience in conducting scientific fieldwork in and around Narragansett Bay, participating in lab exercises at one of the nation's premier research institutions, and engaging in discussions with leading writers and scientists. The workshop includes opportunities to cultivate scientific sources and sharpen reporting skills for any story in which the public interest intersects with environmental change.

The Metcalf Workshop Fellowships are offered to working journalists from all media interested in environmental reporting. Fellowship award includes room, board, tuition and some travel support. Program details and applications are available here.

Applications must be postmarked by February 13, 2012.

For additional information, call 401-874-6500 or e-mail

The mission of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting 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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November 9, 2011