Science Seminars for Journalists


5-Metcalf Institute provides videos of seminars and a variety of resources for journalists

While the comprehensive experience at Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is second to none, many journalists are not able to take a full week away from their work. To meet the need for ongoing professional development for journalists covering science-based stories, Metcalf Institute offers brief science seminars for journalists at locations around the country on pressing environmental topics, including climate change, oil spill research, and marine fisheries.

Developed to respond to the needs of specific audiences, the seminars feature environmental scientists, policy makers, and perspectives from a variety of relevant interest groups.

  • Climate Change and the News: Climate Science Seminars
    These seminars bring Metcalf Institute’s renowned training opportunities to journalists across the nation to improve and expand news coverage of climate change.  Seminars introduce journalists to the specific regional impacts of climate change, as well as the most critical – and often overlooked – local news hooks.
  • Peter B. Lord Seminars on the Environment.
    These free seminars are offered to journalists covering southern New England. The seminars are designed to increase news coverage of important environmental concerns facing Rhode Islanders by enhancing journalists’ understanding of the science behind the stories and introducing them to sources representing a wide variety of perspectives on each topic, including scientists and stakeholders from regulatory agencies, environmental advocates, community groups, and business interests.
  • Science and Impacts of Toxic Chemicals
    With growing public awareness of toxic exposures in the air, water and ground around us, journalists must bridge the gap between science and public perception. The subtle caveats of environmental toxicology can be lost in translation, leaving news audiences confused and regulators and scientists frustrated. Metcalf Institute and Brown University Superfund Research Program offered a two-day seminar for journalists featuring leading environmental scientists and writers. Participants visited research labs and discussed case studies on the communication of bisphenol-A and air quality impacts.
  • Improving Communication of Oil Spill Research
    The Deepwater Horizon oilrig suffered a catastrophic failure in April 2010, resulting in an unprecedented volume of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. As the scientific community worked to identify and prioritize research needs, Metcalf Institute received a Rapid Response grant from the National Science Foundation’s Informal Science Education program to help scientists, journalists and informal science educators understand and better communicate the impacts and research efforts relating to the oil spill. Learn More.
  • Coastal Impacts: A Marine Science Seminar for Journalists
    The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting offered a seminar, “Coastal Impacts: A Marine Science Seminar for Journalists,” July 13-15, 2011, at the University of Rhode Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The three-day science seminar provided an introduction to environmental issues affecting coastal communities, including marine pollution, water quality and links between oceans and human health, with a focus on ethnic news audiences. The Metcalf program featured leading marine and environmental scientists and journalists, coastal field trips, and visits to marine research labs. Learn More.

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