World Federation of
Science Journalists

First annual NCAR Journalism Fellowship

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will launch its first annual NCAR Journalism Fellowship from June 23-27, 2008. Offered this year as a pilot program, the NCAR Journalism Fellowship will introduce science communicators to atmospheric and Earth system sciences.

Areas of focus include severe weather and effects of climate and weather (e.g., hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes), Sun and space science (e.g., effects of space weather on Earth), human-environmental-societal interactions (e.g., climatic influence on disease transmission), and applied science (e.g., pinpointing turbulence for commercial planes). Through seminars, laboratory visits, and an introduction to field campaigns, NCAR Journalism Fellows will gain access to exciting new Earth science research findings, and will have a forum for finding answers to topical science questions.

Our program is a four-day, residential experience open to professional writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and online media. NCAR will cover costs including airfare, hotel, transport to-from the Denver Airport and Boulder, as well as a daily meal stipend for five NCAR Journalism Fellows. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience. Freelances, book authors, and writers from nontraditional media may be considered, but should be able to show a substantial portfolio of work.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 16, 2008.

Application Information

Please register online [ http://www.ncar.ucar.edu/resrel/jfellowship/registration.php ]. Include in your application materials a letter of intent stating why you are interested in becoming an NCAR Journalism Fellow and what you hope to gain from this program, a resume, and 3 samples of professional work completed in the last two years.

Samples of printed work may be uploaded to the registration site in PDF format. Please name your files with the following convention (so we can tell which are yours): YourLastname_resume.pdf, YourLastname_sample1.pdf, etc. Broadcast and multimedia journalists may submit relevant DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes or audiocassettes to the address below (please note on the letter of intent if non-print samples are being mailed to NCAR). Also, producers and directors submitting samples should indicate how they were involved in a broadcast/project.

Contact information and mailing address for non-print samples:
Rachel Hauser
NCAR Journalism Fellowship
1850 Table Mesa Drive,
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: (303) 497-1117
Email: rhauser@ucar.edu