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Ten Journalists Awarded Fellowships for Metcalf Institute’s 20th Annual Science Immersion Workshop

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has awarded fellowships to ten journalists to attend Metcalf’s 20th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. The fellows represent news organizations with regional to international audiences and were chosen from an extraordinarily competitive pool of applicants representing 45 nations around the globe.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since the first group of journalists trekked to Rhode Island to learn about coastal environmental science,” said Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director. “Thanks to our generous supporters and collaborators, we’ve grown tremendously since 1999, expanding from a single annual training program in Rhode Island to multiple trainings for journalists and scientists held across the nation each year, a growing library of resources, and global recognition as a leader in the effort to foster informed conversations about the environment. In spite of this long history, Metcalf Institute’s work has never been more urgent than it is right now.”

The workshop, held at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, June 10 -15, provides journalists with hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists, natural resource managers, and private and non-profit sector practitioners who are working to understand and project the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, identify planning and response measures, and investigate the most effective ways to communicate these challenges. The workshop will help 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 conceive, conduct, and analyze their research. Metcalf Institute’s combination of science immersion and off-deadline exchange offers a unique training experience with career-spanning benefits for participating journalists and scientists.

The 2018 Metcalf Institute Annual Workshop Fellows are:

  • Tony Briscoe, reporter, Chicago Tribune in Chicago, IL
  • David Martin Davies, reporter, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, TX
  • Alok Kumar Gupta, environment editor, China Global Television Network in Beijing, China
  • Emily Holden, reporter, Politico in Washington, DC
  • Sebastien Malo, correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation News/Reuters in New York, NY
  • Trevor Ombija, news anchor/bilingual reporter, NTV Kenya in Nairobi
  • Katie Peikes, reporter, Delaware Public Media in Dover, DE
  • Melissa Ross, host/producer, WJCT FM/TV in Jacksonville, FL
  • Mark Scialla, reporter/producer, PBS NewsHour in Arlington, VA
  • Rosanna Xia, staff writer, Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles, CA

Learn more about 2018 Fellows.

About Metcalf Institute

Based in the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, Metcalf Institute is a global leader in environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, resources for journalists and researchers, webinars, and free public lectures on environmental topics. Metcalf Institute was established at the URI in 1997 with initial 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 Institute Funding

Metcalf programs and resources are underwritten by public and private foundations, a modest endowment, and private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable corporation.