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Metcalf Institute Announces New Science Seminar for Journalists

NARRAGANSETT, RI - November 18, 2009 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental reporting is now recruiting for a new Science Seminar for Journalists in 2010.

Metcalf Institute and the Brown University Superfund Research Program will offer this two-day science seminar, March 31 - April 1, 2010, for mid-career journalists at Brown University, entitled "Waiter There's a Phthalate in My Soup" - Reporting on the Science and Impacts of Toxic Chemicals. The seminar, funded by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will feature leading environmental scientists and journalists, visits to research labs, and discussions on the communication of bisphenol-A and air quality impacts.

Reporting on the environment, public policy, and even business, often requires journalists to explain complex scientific research and its implications. Metcalf Institute programs provide journalists ways to better understand environmental research methods, cultivate scientific sources and sharpen reporting skills.

The Science Seminar is available to journalists from all media who are interested in learning about science and reporting on the environment. Applicants should have a minimum of five years experience as professional journalists and a strong interest in science reporting.

Applications may be downloaded at and must be postmarked by February 8, 2010. The Science Seminar for Journalists is tuition-free and includes lodging, but travel costs are not included and space is limited. For additional program information, call 401-874-6211 or email

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 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. 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. For more information, contact the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at 401-874-6211 or online at

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November 19, 2009