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By PBN Staff
By PBN Staff
NARRAGANSETT – Ten journalists from the United States, Israel and El Salvador have received fellowships to attend the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 16th annual science workshop for journalists.
The journalists selected to attend this year’s workshop, scheduled to run June 1-6, will gain hands-on research experience through scientific field and lab work at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography campus in Narragansett.
“Using Narragansett Bay, among the world’s most studied estuaries, as a model ecosystem, the journalists board a research vessel to participate in a fish trawl, assess the effects of coastal erosion along Rhode Island’s shorelines, explore the chemistry behind ocean acidification in URI laboratories, study climate models related to climate change and extreme weather in the classroom, and attend public lectures on a range of environmental topics,” according to a release from the Metcalf Institute announcing the 2014 fellows.
This year’s fellows include Tim Faulkner, a reporter and partner at ecoRI News, an online environmental newspaper for southern New England. Before joining ecoRI, Faulkner was a reporter for the Taunton Daily Gazette and also served as a community newspaper reporter in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts for several years, Metcalf said.
The other 2014 Metcalf Fellows are:
The annual science workshop has hosted more than 170 journalists in the past 15 years, helping journalists gain “a better understanding of the culture of science and providing them with the confidence to ask insightful questions of researchers.”
“It’s like getting a B.S. in a week,” said Bradley Campbell, producer at PRI’s The World and an alumnus of the 2013 workshop. “Metcalf prepares you to tackle science journalism with confidence.”
The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting was established in 1997 and named for the late Michael P. Melcalf, publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979 to 1987.