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  • 2011-02-28 2:28 PM
    Message # 534703

    Seminar to focus on marine environmental issues facing coastal communities


    NARRAGANSETT, RI – February 28, 2011 – The Metcalf Institute for Marine &
    Environmental Reporting is offering a seminar, Coastal Impacts: a Marine
    Science Seminar for Journalists, July 13-15, 2011, at the University of
    Rhode Island 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, with a focus on ethnic
    news audiences.  The Metcalf program will feature leading marine and
    environmental scientists and journalists, coastal field trips, and visits to
    marine research labs.


    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 University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, a
    leading oceanographic research campus.


    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. Applicants should
    have a minimum of two years experience as professional journalists and a
    demonstrated interest in science reporting. Minority journalists and
    journalists who work for ethnic news outlets are strongly encouraged to


    The tuition free, 3-day seminar includes lodging, meals, and some travel
    support. Metcalf Institute will provide a travel reimbursement of up to $200
    for accepted participants. Newsrooms are asked to cover salaries while
    participants are "on assignment" during the program. Detailed instructions
    are noted on the application form.


    Applications may be downloaded at www.metcalfinstitute.org and must be
    postmarked by May 9, 2011.  For additional information email
    fellowships@metcalfinstitute.org or call 401-874-6500.


    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

    Kat Anderson, Publicity Coordinator
    Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
    URI Graduate School of Oceanography
    Narragansett Bay Campus
    218 South Ferry Road
    Narragansett, RI 02882

    Email: kat@gso.uri.edu

    Office: 401.874.6009
    Fax: 401.874.6486


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