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Metcalf Institute to Host Twelfth Annual Workshop for Journalists

NARRAGANSETT, RI - November 18, 2009 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is recruiting for the Twelfth Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.

The Annual Workshop, June 6-11, 2010, provides fellowships for early- to mid-career journalists to attend a weeklong science immersion program at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, a leading marine science research campus. The 2010 program, Coastal Impacts: Energy Sources and the Marine Environment, will explore the value of different energy sources in mitigating climate change and how these options affect surrounding environments.

Fellows work in the field and lab, attend lectures and discussions by leading writers, researchers and scientists, and participate in environmental journalism clinics. This fellowship is an opportunity for journalists to better understand environmental research methods, cultivate scientific sources and sharpen their reporting skills for any news beat where environment and the public interest intersect.

Applications may be downloaded at www.metcalfinstitute.org and must be postmarked by January 18, 2010. Each fellowship provides tuition, room and board, some travel support, and one year of membership with the Society of Environmental Journalists. There is limited space for non-U.S. citizens. For additional information, contact the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at 401-874-6211 or fellowships@metcalfinstitute.org.

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 www.metcalfinstitute.org.



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November 19, 2009