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Metcalf Institute awards journalism fellowships to 10 reporters

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. -- June 16, 2005 -- The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded journalism fellowships to 10 reporters from around the country. The reporters will attend a week-long marine and environmental science workshop at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

The journalists receiving fellowships are: Rachel Ehrenberg, freelance writer, Brattleboro, Vt.; Becky Evans, The Standard Times, New Bedford, Mass.; Liz Fox, El Mansajero, San Francisco, Cal.; Ann Givens, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.; Liz Hacken, The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y.; Carolyn Johnson, The Boston Globe, Boston, Mass.; Jessica Lockhart, freelance journalist, Portland, Me.; Robert Margetta, The Providence Journal, Providence, R.I.; Ayna Meade, The JC Report, New York, N.Y.; Jon Rutter, Lancaster Newspapers, Lancaster, Pa.; and Roberto Taboada, Providence en Espanol, North Providence, R.I.

The six-day immersion program, “Coastal Impacts: Marine and Environmental Science for Journalists,” gives 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 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.