2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists
Ten journalists who participated in Metcalf Institute’s 18th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists are now back on their beats putting their new science knowledge to work. The fellows, chosen from the largest pool of applicants in the workshop’s history, included freelance journalists and staff from a variety of media organizations, large and small, including Marketplace, NBC News, the Dallas Morning News and the (Delaware) Cape Gazette.
The 2016 Metcalf Fellows are:
- Doyin Adeoye, reporter, Nigerian Tribune in Oyo, Nigeria
- Richard Gardella, investigative reporter, NBC News in Washington, DC
- Catalina Jaramillo, reporter and editor, freelance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Maddy Lauria, reporter, Cape Gazette in Lewes, Delaware
- Jeff Mosier, reporter, Dallas Morning News in Dallas, Texas
- Susan Phillips, reporter, WHYY in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Muhammad Qaseem Saeed, reporter, Geo News in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
- Kate Siber, reporter, freelance in Durango, Colorado
- Andy Uhler, reporter, Marketplace in Los Angeles, California
- Amelia Urry, associate editor, Grist.org in Seattle, Washington
The workshop, which ran June 5 -10, helped journalists sharpen their investigative skills by putting them directly in the field, laboratory, and classroom to gain a greater understanding of how scientists approach, conduct, and analyze their research. The Fellowship provides important context for environmental stories and builds journalists’ confidence in translating complex scientific data.
Fellows left the workshop with the background, tools, and sources to break stories on a range of environmental topics. The workshop took place at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier research institutions with a global reputation for excellence in marine research and exploration of the world’s oceans and coasts.
- Gained skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for public audiences;
- Developed a greater familiarity with research methods and basic statistics;
- Explored the development and use of sea level rise models for projecting impacts and responses;
- Explored the water quality impacts of shellfish aquaculture and, separately, emerging aquatic contaminants, potentially harmful chemicals not currently monitored or regulated;
- Conducted a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel;
- Discussed the relationships between climate change and extreme weather;
- Enjoyed off-deadline interactions with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting.
“I feel like I’m going back home with a great foundation for reporting on the environment,
and I feel a great deal of confidence that I didn’t feel before. It was one of the most extraordinary
experiences of my life.”
Jeff Mosier, reporter, Dallas Morning News
“It was amazing. It was one of the best, organized weeklong seminars or workshops that I have ever been in.”
Kate Siber, energy and environment reporter, WHYY