Ten fellowships available to improve reporting on Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting of the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island offers ten fellowships to take part in the 17th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems. The workshop will be held June 7-12, 2015, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions.

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«The workshop gives journalists opportunities to explore and understand the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems, using the world’s best-studied estuary, Narragansett Bay, as a living laboratory. Metcalf fellows network with leading researchers, policy experts, and other journalists, gain a greater understanding of how scientists conduct research, build confidence in their abilities to discern scientific credibility of sources, and acquire the skills needed to comb through scientific data to discover stories on a range of science and environmental topics» the announcement reads.

The journalists awarded 2015 Metcalf fellowships – that include up to US$500 in travel support paid after the program – will spend an intensive week with scientists and regulatory experts in the field, lab and at the conference table.

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 gain a better understanding of scientific research methods through field and lab work are invited to apply.

Applicants from outside the U.S. must include a written statement indicating that they can secure full travel funds and obtain the appropriate visa.

Applications for the 2015 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists must be postmarked or emailed by February 6, 2015.

For more information and to apply, visit www.metcalfinstitute.org/training/awj.

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