World Federation of Science Journalists

Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Coastal Impacts: Global Climate Change in Coastal Ecosystems
June 7-12, 2009

Journalists from all media are invited to apply for a Metcalf Institute fellowship to attend a week-long science immersion workshop at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, a leading marine science research campus in Narragansett, RI. The program teams journalists with scientists and regulatory experts to consider research and policy on coastal environmental issues. The 2009 workshop will use Narragansett Bay as the model ecosystem to assess major shifts in coastal environment due to climate change and pollutants. This is an opportunity for early- to mid-career journalists to better understand marine and environmental science research methods and sharpen their reporting skills through daily fieldwork and labs.
With funding from the Chicago Tribune Foundation, Metcalf Institute will now be offering eleven Annual Workshop fellowships. The Chicago Tribune Foundation funding is based on a shared commitment to support a journalism workforce that reflects all communities, including minorities and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The new slot will be filled through the same competitive process designated for all candidates, with additional consideration given to applicants whose backgrounds match the funder's profile goals.
  • Scientific method and research ethics
  • Data collection, processing, and analysis
  • Cultivate scientific sources
  • Public lecture series featuring leading experts
Metcalf workshop fellowships are offered to working journalists in all media. There is limited space for non-U.S. citizens. A fellowship provides tuition, room, board, and travel support for attendance in the full program week. Applications must be postmarked by January 26, 2009.
For information not found at our website, please contact us in writing or by phone/fax/e-mail at:

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Narragansett, RI 02882
tel 401 874 6211
fax 401 874 6486