Ten journalists Awarded Fellowships for 19th Annual Science Immersion Workshop

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The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has awarded fellowships to ten journalists to attend its 19th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.  The Metcalf Fellows, chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants representing 44 countries, include freelance journalists and staff from a variety of media organizations, large and small, including Reuters, WWNO-FM (Louisiana), Climate Home (London), The Verge, and the Skagit Valley Herald (Washington).

The 2017 workshop, June 4 -9, will help the journalists sharpen their research and reporting skills by putting them directly in the field, laboratory, and classroom to gain a deeper understanding of how scientists approach, conduct, and analyze their research. The Metcalf Fellowship provides important context for environmental stories, builds journalists’ confidence in translating complex scientific data, and gives them a unique opportunity to engage with top scientists. Metcalf Fellows leave the workshop with the background, tools, and sources to break stories on a range of environmental topics.

The workshop will take 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.
The 2017 Metcalf Fellows are:

  • Meredith Bauer, freelance journalist, Dublin, California
  • Kimberly Cauvel, environment reporter, Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Megan Darby, deputy editor, Climate Home, London, England
  • Lindsay Fendt, foreign correspondent, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ashley Fitzpatrick, reporter, The Telegram, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Aya Nader, freelance journalist, Cairo, Egypt
  • Alessandra Potenza, associate science editor, The Verge, New York, New York
  • Maurice Tamman, reporter and editor for Reuters News, New York, New York
  • Tegan Wendland, reporter, WWNO-FM Public Radio, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Daniel Woolfolk, multimedia journalist, Sightline Media Group, Vienna, Virginia

“We are excited to welcome another class of talented journalists to the Annual Workshop,” said Metcalf Institute Executive Director Sunshine Menezes. “The competition was tough, and we were especially pleased to see applications from such diverse news outlets this year. Metcalf Institute training can benefit any and all news organizations, and we prioritize a broad range of perspectives in our selection process.”

Learn more about the 2017 Fellows and see a list of Metcalf Institute alumni.