24 Finalists Selected for Annual Science Immersion Fellowship for Journalists

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has selected 24 finalists for its 2017 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. The journalists are vying for ten fellowships to attend the Institute’s 19th annual workshop, June 4 – 9, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

The finalists, selected from a competitive pool of more than 100 applicants representing 44 nations, report for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets, large and small, including Reuters, Associated Press, Mountain View News, The Times-Picayune, RBS TV Brazil, The Ellsworth American, KUCB/NPR Alaska, Al Jazeera, and the Robb Report magazine. The journalists’ geographic reach is also diverse, representing the United States, Egypt, United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Dominica, Canada, Brazil, China, Jordan and Pakistan.

The weeklong workshop deepens journalists’ understanding of the scientific process and strengthens their abilities to cover environmental and other science-based news stories. The ten Metcalf Fellows selected to attend the workshop will spend the week exploring effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems in the classroom, laboratory, and in the field using the world’s best-studied estuary, Narragansett Bay, as a case study.

The 2017 Metcalf finalists are:

  • Tariq Almaidi, reporter, Alrai Newspaper, Amman, Jordan
  • Munazza Anwaar, freelance photo journalist, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Meredith Bauer, freelance journalist, Dublin, California
  • Kimberly Cauvel, environment reporter, Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Megan Darby, editor, Climate Home in London, England
  • Lindsay Fendt, foreign correspondent in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ashley Fitzpatrick, reporter, The Telegram in St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Brenton Henry, manager of news and current affairs, Caribbean News Service in the Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Denise Hruby, senior editor, Sixth Tone in Shanghai, China
  • Amanda Millin, freelance journalist, Malibu, California
  • Aya Nader, freelance journalist, Cairo, Egypt
  • Glenn Nelson, contributing editor, High Country News in Seattle, Washington
  • Mark Noack, reporter, Mountain View Voice in Palo Alto, California
  • Wayne Parry, reporter, Associated Press in Pleasantville, New Jersey
  • Alessandra Potenza, associate science editor, The Verge in New York, New York
  • David Roza, reporter, The Ellsworth American in Ellsworth, Maine
  • Lindsey Smith, reporter/photographer, Independent Coast Observer in Gualala, California
  • Sara Sneath, reporter, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Zoë Sobel, reporter/host, KUCB in Unalaska, Alaska
  • Maurice Tamman, reporter, Reuters News in New York, New York
  • Mayara Schmidt Vieira, reporter, RBS TV in Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Laura Walter, reporter, Coastal Point in Ocean View, Delaware
  • Tegan Wendland, reporter, WWNO-FM, NPR in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Daniel Woolfolk, multimedia journalist, Sightline Media Group in Vienna, Virginia

Metcalf Institute will announce the ten Fellows selected to attend Metcalf’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists in April.

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.