Deadline approaching for weeklong science immersion workshop

Youtube-screen-299x151NARRAGANSETT, RI – Journalists seeking career-changing professional development on climate change science have until Friday, February 7, to apply for Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 16th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Climate Change in Coastal Ecosystems.  The workshop runs from June 1 through June 6 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Metcalf Fellows roll up their sleeves for an intensive week with scientists and regulatory experts in the field, lab as well as informal discussions on scientific methods of culture.  Journalists learn how to interpret scientific publications and sharpen their investigative reporting skills as they explore some of the most important environmental issues of our time.  Reporters will leave the workshop with new story ideas, key sources, and a better understanding of climate change science and its impact on coastal ecosystems.

The ten journalists selected to attend the workshop will:

  • Study the causes and consequences of ocean acidification through hands-on research;
  • Conduct a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel Cap’n Bert to identify the long-term impacts of climate change on commercially important fisheries;
  • Discuss projections for sea level rise and the latest policy approaches for coastal adaptation to climate change;
  • Attend lectures featuring top national researchers, policy makers and science communicators;
  • Enjoy off-deadline interactions with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting;
  • Gain skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for public audiences.

Applications for the 2014 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists must be postmarked or emailed by February 7, 2014. For more information and to apply, visit www.metcalf or click here.


Karen Southern

Director of Communications

Metcalf Institute

University of Rhode Island

Graduate School of Oceanography

218 South Ferry Road

Narragansett, RI 02882



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