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The Metcalf Institute awards journalism fellowships

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Narragansett, RI -- May 21, 2004 --The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded fellowships to 12 journalists to attend a week-long marine and environmental science workshop at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

The six-day immersion program, Coastal Impacts: Marine and Environmental Science for Journalists will be held June 20-25 and will give reporters and editors an opportunity to learn about the basic science underlying the news in their communities to help them improve the accuracy and clarity of science-based news reporting.

The workshop will include 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 journalists attending the workshop include Carolyn Ayon Lee, UPI, Torrance, CA; Alexa Elliot, WGCU Public Media, Fort Myers, FL; Daniel Goren, The Standard Times, New Bedford, MA; Amelia Hansen, San Mateo County Times, San Francisco; Scott Lowe, The Gasette, Landover, MD; Darrell Nicholson, Cruising World, Newport; Timothy O'Hara, Key West Citizen, Key West, FL; Molly Peterson, KQED Radio, San Francisco, CA; Debbie Salamone, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL; Richard Salit, The Providence Journal, Providence, RI; Ilsa Setziol, KPCC-FM, Pasadena, CA; and Dale Willman, Field Notes Productions, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Two journalists, Lee and Low, have been selected as Metcalf Environmental Reporting Fellows. After attending the workshop in June, Lee and Lowe will study independently at URI and then spend 32 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, environmental reporter at The Providence Journal, and Mark Degon, executive producer at WRNI.

The fellowships are supported by The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation.

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.