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Austin Becker, Assistant professor, director of graduate programs, University of Rhode Island
Austin Becker, Assistant professor, director of graduate programs, University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute is inviting applications for its 22nd Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists from around the world scheduled to hold from June 7 to 12, 2020. It is targeted at early- and mid-career journalists looking to start or expand coverage of the environment and who can demonstrate a need for training in topics relating to water resources and global change in coastal environments.

Ten journalists will be selected and awarded fellowships that include tuition, room and board, and travel support.

The Workshop provides journalists with hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists, policymakers, and communicators who work to project the impacts of climate change, identify adaptation measures, and investigate the most effective ways to communicate these challenges.

This is a unique and intensive week of learning in the field, classroom and lecture hall for journalists who rarely get the time for in-depth study. To this end, the topics have been carefully selected to offer widespread relevance through local, regional, and U.S examples.

Metcalf Fellows will receive a comprehensive overview of climate change science; gain a deeper understanding of how scientists conduct research and address scientific uncertainty and develop the skills and confidence to translate the language of scientific journals for news audiences.

They will also build confidence in their abilities to discern the credibility of scientific sources; board a research vessel to study the impacts of rising water temperatures on ecosystems and fish populations; visit wetlands, shorelines, and coastal communities to better understand adaptive management efforts and solutions in response to warming temperatures.

In addition, the Fellows will discover new ways to report on climate change that build audience understanding and engagement; cultivate new sources by interacting with leading researchers and policy experts in an informal, off-deadline atmosphere; and network and develop lasting relationships with journalists from around the globe

There are three parts to applying for the Workshop including filling an online form, an online reference form; and supplying a set of required inclusions, all of which must be submitted electronically and will be used to evaluate applicants. Enclosures should be sent to fellowships@metcalfinstitute.org.

Interested journalists should go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020AWJapplication to fill the form while information about the Fellowship is available at https://metcalfinstitute.org/awj2020-applicationinformation/.

The two references required must be submitted by the referees by midnight U.S. Eastern Time latest February 10, 2020, using the reference form online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020AWJreference.

Enclosures form applicants include: resume as a PDF document, two professional work samples published or aired by a news outlet with easily identifiable date and venue of publication. Photojournalists may submit links for up to 15 captioned or annotated photographs, where web links are not available, applicants may provide individual PDFs or YouTube links with original date and venue of publication or broadcast for each sample.

Deadline for submission of applications for the 2020 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is February 14, 2020.