METCALF INSTITUTE EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR MARINE SCIENCE SEMINAR FOR JOURNALISTS
Seminar to focus on environmental issues facing coastal communities
Application postmark deadline extended to June 3
NARRAGANSETT, RI – May 17, 2011 –The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is offering a seminar for journalists, Coastal Impacts: a Marine Science Seminar for Journalists, July 13-15, 2011, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
The three-day science seminar will provide an introduction to environmental issues affecting coastal communities, including marine pollution, water quality, and links between oceans and human health. The Metcalf program will feature leading marine and environmental scientists and journalists, coastal field trips, and visits to marine research labs.
Journalists from all media who want to improve their skills in environmental reporting and gain a thorough understanding of how scientific research is conducted are invited to apply for the science seminar. Journalists who report for ethnic news outlets, including freelancers, and minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a minimum of two years’ experience and a demonstrated interest in covering environmental topics.
The seminar is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Chicago Tribune Foundation and will be held at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, a leading oceanographic research campus.
The tuition-free seminar includes lodging, meals, and travel support up to $200. Newsrooms are asked to cover salaries while participants are "on assignment" during the program. Detailed instructions are noted on the application form.
The mission of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is to promote clear and accurate reporting of scientific news and environmental issues; to strengthen understanding and working relationships between members of the scientific community and members of the news media; and to provide opportunities for beginning journalists to learn, on both a formal and an informal level, how to improve their skills in marine and environmental reporting.
The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, based at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, was established in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987. In addition to providing science training for reporters and editors, Metcalf Institute administers The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. For more information, contact Metcalf Institute at 401-874-6211 or visit us online at www.metcalfinstitute.org.