APPLY FOR METCALF INSTITUTE’S 18th ANNUAL SCIENCE IMMERSION WORKSHOP FOR JOURNALISTS BY FEBRUARY 5TH
Gain science knowledge and investigative reporting tools to report new environmental stories through hands-on workshop June 5 – 10, 2016
Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is accepting applications for its 18th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems. The workshop will be held, June 5 – 10, 2016, at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions and home to Metcalf Institute. Ten early- to mid-career journalists will be selected for the fellowship, which includes tuition, travel support, room and board, and career-changing professional training, thanks to the generosity of private donors and the Metcalf Institute endowment.
The workshop gives journalists opportunities to explore and understand the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems. The 2016 Metcalf Fellows will:
Gain skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for public audiences;
Develop a greater familiarity with research methods and basic statistics;
Explore the development and use of sea level rise models for projecting impacts and responses;
Measure emerging aquatic contaminants, potentially harmful chemicals not currently monitored or regulated;
Conduct a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel;
Discuss the relationships between climate change and extreme weather;
Enjoy off-deadline interactions with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting.
Early to mid-career journalists from all media, and journalists who are new to reporting on science and environmental topics, are invited to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in improving and expanding their coverage of environmental topics and a desire to gain a better understanding of scientific research methods through field and lab work. The fellowship includes room, board, tuition, and travel support paid after the program. U.S.-based journalists are eligible for up to US$500 in travel support and those working outside of the U.S. may receive a reimbursement of up to US$1,000 with written assurance that they will be able to pay the full costs of their travel and can obtain the appropriate visa.
Applications for the 2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists must be submitted online, postmarked, or emailed by February 5, 2016. Apply for the workshop here.
About Metcalf Institute
Metcalf Institute is a globally recognized leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics. Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations: the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation. Metcalf programming is underwritten by federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation.
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