Fellowship Program Focused on Climate Change in 2014
Ruth Schuster of Israel's Haaretz newspaper deploys a small net to collect Narragansett Bay plankton during the fish trawl, while Lauren Gardner of CQ/Roll Call looks on.
URI Graduate School of Oceanography Master’s student Kelly Canesi explains the basics of interpreting graphs and scientific data to the Metcalf Fellows.
Metcalf Fellows Karin Klein (left), Aaron Orlowski (middle), and Katie Campbell (right), enjoy the more amusing aspects of science translation.
Andrew Freedman, senior climate reporter for Mashable.com, describes the difficulties and importance of reporting on climate change.
Andrew Freedman, senior climate reporter for Mashable.com, shares his tips for covering climate change and extreme weather.
Metcalf Institute Science Co-Director, Tatiana Rynearson, joins a capacity crowd at the Coastal Institute on Narragansett Bay to hear the first speaker in the Annual Public Lecture Series.
Metcalf Fellows meet with scientists, speakers, and other guests while enjoying the view of Narragansett Bay.
GSO doctoral student Anna Malek (left) describes the mechanics of a fish trawl aboard the R/V Cap'n Bert, as Metcalf Fellow Tim Faulkner of ecoRI News assists.
Metcalf Fellows Daniel Lovering, Aaron Orlowski and Cally Carswell check out a clutch of squid eggs collected on the fish trawl in Narragansett Bay.
Aaron Orlowski, of the Orange County Reporter, gets up close and personal with a mantis shrimp during the fish trawl in Narragansett Bay.
Katie Campbell, Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist at KCTS 9 and PBS NewsHour correspondent, takes a bite of freshly collected squid, raw bar style!
Rhode Island reporter for EcoRI Tim Faulkner examines phytoplankton collected by Metcalf Fellows on a morning fish trawl.
URI Graduate School of Oceanography professor David Smith (left) guides Fellows Jesse Hirsch, Modern Farmer, and Ruth Schuster, Haaretz, in a Metcalf Institute exercise developed to help journalists understand and translate scientific publications for news audiences.
Fellow Tim Faulkner of ecoRI News catches up with Metcalf Institute Journalism Co-Director and Providence Journal reporter, Richard Salit.
Gretchen Hoffman from UC Santa Barbara sheds some light on ocean acidification and its effects on marine species.
Katie Campbell, KCTS 9 Seattle, is dwarfed by the reinforced storm walls along Rhode Island's South shore
Metcalf Fellow and freelance journalist Allie Wilkinson tests the waters during a trip to the southern shore of Rhode Island to gain a first-hand look at the effects of sea level rise.
Metcalf Fellows at the Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists form quick bonds and build lasting connections.
URI Graduate School of Oceanography Master’s degree student, Brian Caccioppoli, demonstrates a method used to measure shoreline changes as part of the School’s ongoing beach survey.
Metcalf Fellows get a chance to feel ancient seafloor sediments during a paleoclimatology lab at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. From left to right: Ruth Schuster, Ha’aretz; Katie Campbell, KCTS 9 and PBS NewsHour; Cally Carswell, freelance science and environment journalist; and Daniel Lovering, freelance multimedia journalist.
Lauren Gardner of CQ/Roll Call prepares a deep sea sediment sample with the assistance of research technician Dennis Graham.
Jesse Hirsch of Modern Farmer magazine gets first-hand experience with ocean acidification by trying to manually alter the CO2 levels in a water sample.
The 2014 Metcalf Fellows dedicated a week to learning about scientific methods and climate change research. Here they attend a gallery opening in Studio Blue, at the Coastal Institute on Narragansett Bay
Freelance journalist Daniel Lovering draws a figure to explain the conclusions of a scientific publication during the final science translation exercise.
In an extraordinarily compelling lecture at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography’s Corless Auditorium, University of Hawaii professor Camilo Mora explains the importance of big data in helping to interpret the global effects of climate change.
Editorial writer Karin Klein of The Los Angeles Times shares a laugh with Ruth Schuster of Haaretz (foreground).
Metcalf Fellows report that peer-to-peer networking is a major benefit of the Metcalf Institute Annual Science Immersion Workshop. Left to right: Katie Campbell, KCTS 9 Seattle; Cally Carswell, freelance science and environment reporter; Aaron Orlowski, Orange County Register; and freelance journalist Allie Wilkinson.
Jon Hare of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center provides a primer on probabilities and basic statistics.
Howard Kunreuther of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business provides an engaging summary of the policy tools that can be used to reduce losses from low-frequency, high-probability events.
The Metcalf Institute Advisory Board gathers for a meeting to wrap up each year’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop.
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.