The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is inviting early- to mid-career, full-time journalists from all media who are looking to start or expand their coverage of the environment to apply for its 20th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 10-15, 2018.
Ten journalists will be selected to receive a fellowship, which includes tuition, room and board, and travel support (paid after the program in the amount of up to US$500 for U.S.-based journalists and up to US$1,000 for internationally-based journalists). While most places will be reserved to professionals based in the US, two will be available for science journalists from abroad. Journalists applying from outside the U.S. must provide written assurance that they have full travel funds and can obtain the appropriate visa.
The deadline for applying is February 12, 2018.
Metcalf Fellows will:
- Receive a comprehensive overview of climate science and global change
- Gain a deeper understanding of how scientists conduct research and handle scientific uncertainty
- Develop the skills and confidence to translate the language of scientific journals for news audiences
- Build confidence in their abilities to discern the credibility of scientific sources
- Board a research vessel to study the impacts of rising water temperatures on ecosystems and fish populations
- Visit wetlands, shorelines, and coastal communities to better understand adaptive management efforts and solutions in response to sea level rise and coastal storms
- Gain scientific background on the science of “attribution,” or how extreme weather events are tied to climate change
- Discover new ways to write about climate change to build audience understanding and engagement
- Cultivate new sources by interacting with leading researchers and policy experts in an informal, off-deadline atmosphere
- Network and develop lasting relationships with journalists from around the globe