20th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

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The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has awarded fellowships to ten journalists to attend Metcalf’s 20th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. The fellows represent news organizations with regional to international audiences, including the Los Angeles Times, Delaware Public Media, NTV Kenya, Politico, and Reuters, and were chosen from an extraordinarily competitive pool of applicants representing 45 nations around the globe.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since the first group of journalists trekked to Rhode Island to learn about coastal environmental science,” said Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director. “Thanks to our generous supporters and collaborators, we’ve grown tremendously since 1999, expanding from a single annual training program in Rhode Island to multiple trainings for journalists and scientists held across the nation each year, a growing library of resources, and global recognition as a leader in the effort to foster informed conversations about the environment. In spite of this long history, Metcalf Institute’s work has never been more urgent than it is right now.”

The workshop, held at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, June 10 -15, provides journalists with hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists, natural resource managers, and private and non-profit sector practitioners who are working to understand and project the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, identify adaptation measures, and investigate the most effective ways to communicate these challenges. The workshop will help journalists sharpen their research and reporting skills by putting them directly in the field, laboratory, and classroom to gain a deeper understanding of how scientists approach, conduct, and analyze their research. Metcalf Institute’s combination of science immersion and off-deadline exchange offers a unique training experience with career-spanning benefits for participating journalists and scientists.

The 2018 Metcalf Institute Annual Workshop Fellows are:

  • Tony Briscoe, reporter, Chicago Tribune in Chicago, IL
  • David Martin Davies, reporter, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, TX
  • Alok Kumar Gupta, environment editor, China Global Television Network in Beijing, China
  • Emily Holden, reporter, Politico in Washington, DC
  • Sebastien Malo, correspondent, Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation in New York, NY
  • Trevor Ombija, news anchor/bilingual reporter, NTV Kenya in Nairobi
  • Katie Peikes, reporter, Delaware Public Media in Dover, DE
  • Melissa Ross, host/producer, WJCT FM/TV in Jacksonville, FL
  • Mark Scialla, reporter/producer, PBS NewsHour in Arlington, VA
  • Rosanna Xia, staff writer, Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles

 Learn more about 2018 Fellows.

Listen to interview and read story by Metcalf fellow Melissa Ross about her Metcalf Experience.

Join Metcalf Institute as we celebrate 20 years of bringing science to the conversation!

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