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20 Finalists Selected for Annual Science Immersion Fellowship

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Photo credit: Gretchen Ertl

Global demand for science training leads to unprecedented number of applicants

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has selected 20 Finalists for its 2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. The journalists are vying for ten fellowships at the Institute’s 18th annual weeklong workshop, June 5 – 10, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. The hands-on program gives journalists opportunities to strengthen their investigative skills and deepen their understanding of the scientific process as they explore the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field using the world’s best-studied estuary, Narragansett Bay, as a model.

The finalists, selected from a pool of 146 applicants, represent a wide variety of news organizations and media types, large and small, in the U.S. and around the world.

“We are thrilled to see the growing number and range of applicants for Metcalf’s longest-running program,” said Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director. “This interest from journalists across the globe, as well as from reporters and editors at various stages of their careers, underscores journalists’ desire for substantive training to help them cover climate change, water quality, food security, and other environmental challenges we face.”

The 2016 Metcalf Finalists are:

  • Doyin Adeoye, reporter, Nigerian Tribune in Oyo, Nigeria
  • Ganesh Anantha Subramanian, editor/reporter, The Hindu In School in Tamil Nadu, India
  • Diego Arguedas Ortiz, freelance journalist/part-time staff writer, Semanario Universidad in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Chris Bentley, freelance journalist in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Megan Darby, reporter, Climate Home in London, England
  • Ashley Fitzpatrick, reporter, The Telegram in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Richard Gardella, investigative reporter, NBC News in Washington, DC
  • Catalina Jaramillo, freelance journalist in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
  • Amorina Kingdon, associate editor, Hakai Magazine in British Columbia, Canada
  • Madeline Lauria, reporter, Cape Gazette in Lewes, Delaware
  • Pearl Macek, freelance journalist in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Jeff Mosier, reporter, Dallas Morning News in Dallas, Texas
  • Erik Neumann, freelance reporter in Oakland, California
  • Susan Phillips, reporter, WHYY in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Muhammad Qaseem Saeed, reporter, Geo News in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Kate Siber, freelance journalist in Durango, Colorado
  • Andy Uhler, reporter, Marketplace in Los Angeles, California
  • Amelia Urry, reporter, in Seattle, Washington
  • Joao Vito Vasconcelos Cinquepalmi, news producer, TV Globo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Malavika Vyawahare, freelance reporter in Jersey City, New Jersey

The ten Fellows selected to attend Metcalf’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists will be announced in April.