Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642
The Metcalf Institute Awards Fellowships
to U.S. and International Journalists
Narragansett, RI -- May 19, 2003 -- The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded 14 fellowships to journalists in broadcast, print, and electronic media to attend a week-long marine and environmental science workshop in June at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.
The journalists are Adrian Brune, freelance journalist, New York, NY; Matthew Chin, Los Angeles Times, Ontario, CA; Camille Feanny, CNN News, Atlanta, GA; Edna Francisco, Science, Washington, DC; Georgina Gustin, The Day, New London, CT; Steve Krueger, KPLU-National Public Radio, Tacoma, WA; Mary Madison, Maryland Watermans Gazette, Annapolis, MD; Jennifer Morrow, Dow Jones, Jersey City, NJ; Molly Murray, Wilmington News Journal, Newark, DE; Edward Ortiz, The Berkshire Eagle/The Boston Globe, Pittsfield, MA; Kate Sam-Ngbor, Rivers State Television, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Caroline Rodriguez, Ithaca Times, Ithaca, NY; Gwen Shaffer, National Public Radio freelance journalist, Philadelphia, PA; and Neil Shea, The Providence Journal, Providence, RI.
Two journalists, Ortiz and Rodriguez, have been selected as Metcalf Environmental Reporting Fellows. After attending the workshop in June, Ortiz and Rodriguez will study independently at URI and then spend 37 weeks reporting for National Public Radio member station WRNI and The Providence Journal. They will write and report on the environment, working with Peter Lord, environment reporter, The Providence Journal, and Mark Degon, Executive Producer, WRNI. The fellowships are supported by The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Sharpe Family Foundation.
The five-day immersion program, Coastal Impacts: Marine and Environmental Science for Journalists, June 15-20, gives reporters and editors an opportunity to learn about basic science underlying the news in their communities to help them improve the accuracy and clarity of science-based news reporting. The workshop includes basic research in the field and lab with scientists and graduate students; lectures that examine the intersection of science, policy, and politics; and a public lecture and debate series about science and journalism.
The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting was established in 1997 with funding from the Belo Corporation, The Providence Journal Foundation, the Washington Post's Philip L. Graham Fund, and the Telaka Foundation. The Metcalf Institute was named in honor of the late publisher of The Providence Journal, Michael P. Metcalf. (www.gso.uri.edu/metcalf)