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News from URI's Graduate School of Oceanography...

Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting Announces Third Annual Workshop for Marine and Environmental Journalists

Focusing on the human impact on coastal environments, the June 2001 workshop will offer 12 fellowships for journalists in all media.

Narragansett, R.I. -- January 3, 2001 -- The Michael P. Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is offering 12 fellowships to journalists in print, broadcast, and electronic media to attend a hands-on science workshop that focuses on the science underlying marine and environmental issues. The five-day workshop, "Coastal Impacts: Fisheries, Beach Erosion, Water Pollution" will be held at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) on June 10-15, 2001.

During this intensive workshop, journalists will come to GSO's Narragansett Bay Campus to work in the field and labs with researchers and public policy experts to learn how scientific research is conducted, to sharpen their computer research skills, and to learn about the principles and ethics that guide scientific inquiry. The workshops emphasize the integration of science into public policy and the local community. Metcalf fellows will attend lectures, debates, and panel sessions given by leading writers, scientists, and policy experts.

"The Metcalf Institute offers journalists opportunities to work directly with scientists to learn the basics of research," said Executive Director Jackleen de La Harpe. "But just as important as science education is the informal time that writers have to talk shop with other journalists and scientific experts. It's an energizing experience."

The journalists who attended last year's workshop came from the United States, Estonia and India and work in print, film, radio, and .com media. The workshop covered water quality, fisheries, and coastal geology, and included lectures by William K. Stevens and Blaine Harden, The New York Times, and Dr. Margaret Leinen, Associate Director for Geosciences, National Science Foundation, and a panel discussion moderated by Cory Dean, Science Editor, The New York Times.

Journalists beginning to specialize in environmental and marine reporting and beat reporters who want to sharpen their reporting skills are invited to apply for a fellowship that provides room, board, and tuition to attend this workshop. The application deadline is February 26, 2001.

The Metcalf Institute was established in 1997 with an endowment from the foundations of three news organizations: A.H. Belo Corporation, owner of the Dallas Morning News and parent company of The Providence Journal, The Providence Journal Company, and the Philip Graham Fund, the foundation of The Washington Post. Additional funding was provided by the Telaka Foundation. The institute was established with the intent of helping journalists become better informed about science and research and to strengthen communication between journalists and scientists.

Executive Director of the Metcalf Institute is Jackleen de La Harpe, editor of GSO's science magazine Maritimes. The Science Director is Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson, GSO Oceanography Professor, and the Journalism Director is Peter Lord, environmental reporter, The Providence Journal.

For more information about the workshop or to download an application, visit the Metcalf Institute website at, or contact de La Harpe at (401) 874-6211.

Contact: Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642
Jackleen De la Harpe (401) 874-6499

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