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News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

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

Fellowship Opportunities for Journalists
from the Metcalf Institute for
Marine and Environmental Reporting

Focusing on science reporting, the 2003-2004
Metcalf fellowships are for journalists in all media.

Narragansett, R.I. -- February 14, 2003 -- Journalists interested in sharpening their science reporting skills and reporting on the environment are invited to apply for one of three fellowships offered by the Michael P. Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting.

The Metcalf Institute is offering two 10-month fellowships, starting June 2003, that will support two journalists to study marine and environmental science and work as environmental reporters in Rhode Island. Each of the Metcalf Institute Environmental Reporting Fellowships includes one week at the Metcalf Institute's Fifth Annual Workshop for Journalists at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and four weeks of independent study at URI. Fellows will then work as environmental reporters for 37 weeks, either at WRNI, Rhode Island's public radio news station, or The Providence Journal. Each fellowship is supported by a $27,000 stipend and does not include transportation. The fellowships are available to U.S. journalists with at least two years’ experience, with preference for minority candidates, who work in print, broadcast or electronic media and intend to specialize in marine and environmental science reporting. The application deadline is February 24, 2003.

Metcalf Institute also offers an annual week-long fellowship for 12 journalists in all media to attend a hands-on science workshop that focuses on the science underlying marine and environmental issues. The five-day workshop, "Coastal Impacts: Marine and Environmental Science for Journalists" will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) on June 15-20, 2003.

During this immersion workshop, journalists will come to URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus and work in the field and labs with scientists and public policy experts to conduct scientific research, computer research, and to review the principles and ethics that guide scientific inquiry. The workshop emphasizes the links between science, public policy, and local communities. Metcalf fellows attend lectures, debates, and panel sessions given by leading journalists, 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 have attended past workshops have come from media outlets throughout the United States and overseas. Past workshops have covered water quality, fisheries, and coastal geology, and included lectures by Andrew Revkin, The New York Times, Paula Apsell, WGBH Television, Dr. James McCarthy, Harvard University, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, University of New Hampshire, Dr. Robert Howarth, Environmental Defense, RI Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse, and Senator Lincoln Chafee.

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. Transportation costs are not included. The application deadline is March 10, 2003.

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 Environmental Reporting Fellowships are funded by The Providence Journal Foundation and the Sharpe Family 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.

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

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