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Metcalf Institute Offering 2005 Fellowships for Journalists

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Narragansett, RI -- February 15, 2005 -- The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is offering fellowships for professional journalists, including the 10-month Environmental Reporting Fellowships for minority journalists and the Seventh Annual Workshop for Journalists in June 2005. The application deadline for both is extended to March 4, 2005.

Based at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, the Annual Workshop, June 12-June 17, 2005, is attended by 12 fellows and provides reporters with hands-on field and lab experience with researchers, graduate students, and policy experts to learn how research is conducted and understand the relevance of science to public policy and the issues they tackle in covering the environment. Reporters meet informally with scientists, attend lectures and debates, and learn about scientific integrity, data analysis, research methods, and the complexities of the environment beat.

The Environmental Reporting Fellowship is for two minority journalists and includes support to attend the Annual Workshop and a $28,000 stipend for four weeks of independent study at URI with science faculty mentorship tailored to the interests of each journalist, and a 37-week reporting fellowship covering environment at either a National Public Radio station or The Providence Journal, Providence, RI, covering regional marine and environmental issues and some general assignment news. The fellowship ends in April 2006. The Environmental Reporting Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens only.

All applicants should have a minimum of two years experience in journalism in any media and a strong interest in science writing. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2005. More information, including an application, is available at www.gso.uri.edu/metcalf or by calling (401) 874-6211.

The Metcalf Institute was established in 1997 in memory of Michael P. Metcalf with funding from Belo Corp., The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Philip L. Graham Fund, and the Telaka Foundation.