2017 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists
Coastal Impacts: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems
June 4–9, 2017
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Would you like to take your reporting to the next level of excellence? Do you have the science background, tools, and sources to break new stories and advance your career?
Call for Applications
Metcalf Institute is now reviewing applications for its 19th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems, June 4–9, 2017. Ten early- to mid-career journalists will be selected for the fellowship, which includes tuition, travel support, and room and board, thanks to the generosity of private donors and the Metcalf Institute endowment. Two of the ten slots will be awarded to internationally based journalists.
About the Annual Workshop
The workshop is held at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier research institutions and home to Metcalf Institute. Using the world’s best-studied estuary, Narragansett Bay, as a living laboratory, the workshop gives journalists opportunities to explore and understand the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems. In the field, lab, and classroom, Metcalf Fellows will:
- Gain a greater understanding of how scientists conduct research
- Develop the skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for general audiences
- Build confidence in their abilities to discern the credibility of scientific sources
- Acquire the skills needed to comb through complex scientific data to break stories on a range of science and environmental topics
- Conduct a fisheries survey aboard a URI research vessel
- Cultivate new sources through interactions with leading researchers and policy experts in an informal, off-deadline atmosphere
- Network and develop lasting relationships with journalists from around the globe
The fellowship award includes room, board and tuition, as well as travel support paid as a reimbursement after the program in the amount of up to US$500 for U.S.-based journalists and up to US$1,000 for internationally based journalists with written assurance that they can pay full costs of travel upfront and can obtain the appropriate visa.
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017.
Metcalf Institute Annual Workshop alumni hail from the U.S. and around the world, including Nigeria, Pakistan, Italy, Philippines, Israel, South Africa, China, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, and India. Metcalf Fellows represent a wide variety of large and small news organizations ranging from local and regional newspapers and broadcast outlets to online and national/international outlets such as National Geographic, The New York Times, CNN, Marketplace, The Associated Press and PRI’s The World.
“It was one of the most extraordinary professional experiences of my life,” said 2016 Annual Workshop alumnus, Jeff Mosier of the Dallas Morning News. “I was absolutely floored.”
“I can’t emphasize enough how important this opportunity was for me,” said 2016 Annual Workshop alumna Catalina Jaramillo, freelance journalist. “I learned so much and made connections that I hope will last for a long time.”
“I now know how to interpret the science for my publications and actually tell the audiences the stories they need to hear,” said 2016 Annual Workshop alumna Doyin Adeoye of the Nigerian Tribune. “I’m ready to take African environmental reporting to the next level.”