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Coastal Impacts: Climate Change in Coastal Ecosystems

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Metcalf Institute’s  Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists exposes journalists from all backgrounds and media to the inner workings of science, through hands-on experience in environmental research in the field, laboratory, and conference table.

The workshop offers journalists a timely look at the coastal impacts of climate change, preparing them to cover a wide range of environmental issues including  Climate Change.

Metcalf’s longest-running program, the workshop emphasizes basic methods of environmental research, the principles and ethics guiding scientific inquiry and opportunities to cultivate scientific sources, and deepens participants’ understanding of how environment and the public interest intersect.

The weeklong workshop is held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions, giving journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the impacts of human activities in coastal ecosystems through off-deadline, one-on-one interactions with leading scientists.

“The program is rigorous, non-stop and exciting. It’s like getting a B.S. in a week.”
Bradley Campell, Producer, PRI’s The World
2013 Metcalf Fellow

Each year, ten journalists selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants to be Metcalf Fellows, learn how to interpret scientific data in and around Narragansett Bay and sharpen their investigative reporting skills. During the week in Rhode Island, Fellows:

  • gain a greater familiarity with research methods and basic statistics;
  • apply information about rates of ocean acidification from ancient sediments to better understand present-day climate change;
  • experience off-deadline interaction with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting;
  • conduct a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel Cap’n Bert;
  • gain the skills and confidence to translate scientific publications;
  • explore the development and use of sea level rise models for climate change adaptation;
  • attend lectures featuring top national researchers, policy makers and science communicators;
  • network with professional colleagues; and
  • build story ideas.

“Metcalf fellowship is by far the best science conference I’ve attended and has contributed to my better understanding/interpretation of critical environmental issues we face today.”
Ginger Vaughn, Reporter CCTV America
2013 Metcalf Fellow

Metcalf alumni report that this combination of hands-on experience and stakeholder interactions makes for informative, practical, and career-changing professional development.

Meet the 2014 Fellows  |  Read about the 2014 Workshop  |  Read News Article About 2013 Workshop

Who should apply for Metcalf Institute’s Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists?
Workshop alumni include reporters, producers, editors, photojournalists, columnists, and documentary filmmakers from around the world and all media types. Fellows are selected from a competitive applicant pool to maximize diversity in journalism experience, medium, audience, geography, race and ethnicity, and gender. Read about eligibility here. See a list of Metcalf Institute alumni here.

What does the Metcalf fellowship include?
The Annual Workshop fellowship includes tuition, room, board, ground transportation, and travel support of up to US$500 paid after the completion of travel.