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Christine Patrick, (401) 874-6024

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Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
Offers Science Fellowships for Journalists
Fellowships focus on science immersion and environmental coverage

NARRAGANSETT, RI. (October 12, 2006) Reporting on science and the environment calls for journalists to understand and explain complex research and its implications. To help journalists meet this challenge, Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting offers two journalism fellowships: the Metcalf Institute Ninth Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists and Metcalf's Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting. Recruiting is underway for both programs.

In Metcalf's week-long Annual Workshop program at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, June 10-15, 2007, journalists work with scientists and graduate students to consider scientific research questions such as climate change, fish stock assessment, and coastal wetlands restoration. Through fieldwork, laboratory exercises and group discussions, journalists learn research methods, analyze their observations and consider how science impacts public policy and news coverage. Throughout the week, Metcalf Institute runs a concurrent public debate and lecture series featuring prominent journalists and scientists which provides Fellows opportunities to further explore questions and make professional connections. The fellowship award includes room, board and tuition. Applications for the Ninth Annual Science Immersion Workshops must be postmarked by January 29, 2007.

The Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting support six minority journalists to study marine and environmental science at the University of Rhode Island and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography for one month. The Diversity Fellows then work as a reporter covering science and the environment for nine months at one of six news outlets. Fellowships placements may include: NOVA Science Television/NOVA Online; The Providence Journal; NPR-member station, WBUR; Earth & Sky Radio Series and Web site; The Christian Science Monitor; or PRIs "The World." The program provides a $28,000 stipend and some travel compensation for each Fellow. Applications for the Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting must be postmarked by April 9, 2007.

Metcalf fellowships are available to professional journalists from all media who are interested in learning about science and the environment. Program information and applications can be obtained at or by calling (401) 874-6211.

The Metcalf Institute was established in 1997 with funding from The Providence Journal Foundation, Belo Corp., owner of The Providence Journal, and the Philip L. Graham Fund, owner of the The Washington Post, and the Telaka Foundation. It is named for Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979 to 1987.

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November 30, 2006