Annual Science Immersion Workshop Opens for Journalists

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Sunshine Menezes
Executive Director, Metcalf Institute

Journalists from around the world are invited to apply for the 2023 edition of the Annual Science Immersion Workshop, designed to help fellows gain new insights, sources and resources to aid their reporting, expand peer networks with other journalists from around the globe, and produce accurate and contextualized reporting on globally relevant environmental issues.

This workshop is designed to boost Fellows’ understanding of the methods, norms, and culture of science to improve science-based reporting; applicants therefore do not need a science background as fellows will gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of research practice, climate science, and adaptation measures from leading researchers and policy makers.

The 2023 Workshop will be conducted both virtually and in person at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. It would physically take place from June 11 to 16, 2023, and virtually on June 21, 23, 28, and 30 for a two-hour Zoom panel presentation each day between 12 and 2 p.m. ET.

The Fellows would enjoy some benefits including:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how scientists conduct research and handle scientific uncertainty.
  • Develop the skills and confidence to interpret and translate the language of scientific journals for news audiences
  • Build confidence in their abilities to discern the credibility of scientific sources
  • Discover new ways to write about energy and climate change to build audience understanding and engagement
  • Cultivate new sources by interacting with leading researchers and policy experts in an informal, off-deadline atmosphere
  • Network and developed lasting relationships with journalists from a wide range of media and backgrounds

The Fellowship is open to:

  • Full-time professional journalists who work in any medium or combination of media.
  • Early- and mid-career journalists looking to start or expand their coverage of climate change and/or who want to deepen their understanding of the practice of research and topics relating to climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and justice (applicants should aim to clearly demonstrate these specific needs in their application materials).
  • Journalists working on general assignment, environment, climate change, health, business, finance, technology, policy, politics, and any other areas where climate change and energy may be reported as intersecting issues.
  • Editors.

All application materials for the 25th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, February 6, 2023.

To obtain further details and apply for the Fellowship, please visit: https://metcalfinstitute.org/awjapplicationinformation/.