Coastal Impacts: A Marine Science Seminar for Journalists

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URI Graduate School of Oceanography
July 13-15, 2011

Metcalf Fellows in Providence CSO

Marine Science Seminar fellows tour the massive new combined sewer overflow facilities in Providence. Credit: Sunshine Menezes

Metcalf Institute 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.

The seminar was funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Chicago Tribune Foundation and was held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, a leading oceanographic research campus.

Journalists from all media who want to improve their skills in environmental reporting and gain a thorough understanding of how scientific research is conducted were invited to apply for the science seminar. Applicants were required to have a minimum of two years’ experience as professional journalists and a demonstrated interest in science reporting. Traditionally underrepresented minority journalists and journalists who work for U.S.-based ethnic news outlets were invited to apply.

Eligible applicants could be current members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), or the Southeast Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), or journalists who work for U.S.-based ethnic news outlets.