Fellowship Program Focused on Climate Change in 2014

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting held its 16th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Climate Change in Coastal Ecosystems with a focus on climate change. The workshop ran from June 1 through June 6, 2014 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions.

The Metcalf Workshop is a unique professional development experience that gives journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the effects of climate change in coastal ecosystems, using Narragansett Bay as a living laboratory.

Metcalf Fellows rolled up their sleeves for an intensive week with scientists and regulatory experts in the field, lab and at the conference table. Journalists learned how to interpret scientific publications and sharpen their investigative reporting skills as they explore some of the most important environmental issues of our time.

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The ten journalists selected to attend the workshop:

  • Studied the causes and consequences of ocean acidification through hands-on research;
  • Conducted a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel Cap’n Bert to identify the long-term impacts of climate change on commercially important fisheries;
  • Discussed projections for sea level rise and the latest policy approaches for coastal adaptation to climate change;
  • Attended lectures featuring top national researchers, policy makers and science communicators;
  • Enjoyed off-deadline interactions with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting;
  • Gained skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for public audiences.

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The workshop is geared towards early to mid-career journalists from all media with a strong interest in improving and expanding their coverage of environmental topics and a desire to learn about scientific methods through field and lab work. The fellowship includes room, board, tuition, and up to US$500 in travel support, paid after the program. Non-U.S. applicants must include a written statement indicating that they can secure full travel funds and obtain the appropriate visa.

About Metcalf Institute
Metcalf Institute is an internationally recognized leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics.

Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation. Metcalf programming is underwritten by federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation.