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News from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography . . .

Journalists Awarded Fellowships to Attend the 2001 Metcalf Institute Workshop at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography

Narragansett, RI -- April 27, 2001 -- The third annual Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting fellowships have been awarded to twelve journalists in broadcast, print, and electronic media.

Working with scientists in the laboratory and in the field, they will participate in a five-day workshop from June 11-15 at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) on "Coastal Impacts: Fisheries, Beach Erosion, Water Pollution." The Metcalf Institute provides journalists and scientists a venue to work together to improve the accuracy and clarity of marine and environmental reporting.

The journalists are Howard Altschiller, executive news editor, The Standard Times, New Bedford, MA; Jeff Burnside, special projects producer, WTVJ NBC 6 News, Miami, FL; Wendy Fontaine, reporter, The Newport Daily News, Newport, RI; JoAnn Goddard, staff writer, Soundings, Essex, CT; Suzannah Gonzales, reporting intern, The Providence Journal; Jack Kaskey, environmental reporter, The Press of Atlantic City, Pleasantville, NJ; Alexander Kupriyanchuk, contributing representative, Severo-Zapad Media, St. Petersburg, Russia; Daniel Orchard, reporter, The South County Independent, Wakefield, RI; Lisa Pinsker, assistant producer, Finger Lakes Productions, Ithaca, NY; Krishna Ramanujan, science writer intern, NASA Earth Observing System Science News Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; Christina Reed, associate editor/staff writer, Geotimes, Alexandria, VA; Henry Shirazu, freelance journalist, Accra, Ghana. Additionally, two URI journalism students, John Leclerc of North Smithfield and Rebecca Nichols of Morrisville, NY, will be funded by URI to attend the workshop.

The workshop emphasizes the cultures of science and the media, how scientific research is integrated into regulations and community planning, and the ethics and principles that guide scientific research. The Metcalf fellows will conduct a fish trawl on Narragansett Bay, kayak and collect water samples on the Narrow River, and conduct geologic surveys of the southern Rhode Island coast.

Four public lectures and a debate on environmental issues are also planned during the week of the workshop. Speakers, dates, and times will be announced in May.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting was founded in 1997 by the A.H. Belo Corporation, The Providence Journal Foundation, and the Washington Post's Philip Graham Fund, with additional funding from the Telaka Foundation in 1998. The Metcalf Institute was named in honor of the late publisher of The Providence Journal, Michael P. Metcalf. For more information visit the Metcalf Institute web site at

Contact: Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642,

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