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Application Deadline March 1st for Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Fellowship for Climate Change Reporting

Job ID: 4317
Job Views: 190
Location: Kingston, Rhode Island, United States
Postal Code: 02881
Job Category: Fellowships | Scholarship | Prizes
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Posted: 02.18.2021

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The Climate Crisis Will be One of the Biggest Stories of 2021: Do you Have the Insights and Tools to Break Local Climate Change Stories?

Application Deadline March 1st for Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

 Metcalf Institute is reserving spaces for LatinX, Black, Indigenous, and other journalists of color in order to create a diverse group of Fellows.

Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change, yet many of those important stories are overlooked by the news media. This reporting gap is not about a lack of interest. According to a recent survey, 90% of National Association of Hispanic Journalists members say they are interested in covering climate change. Unfortunately, 80% of NAHJ members cite the lack of climate science training as a major obstacle.
The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute offers the Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists to address the lack of training opportunities. 
Do you have the tools, insight and sources to investigate and break these local climate change stories rich in content relevant to news audiences? Do you know the most effective and inclusive ways to report on impacts that directly impact affect health and safety, quality of life, and wallets?
Metcalf Institute will explore these issues and more at its 23rd Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. Metcalf Fellows gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of research practice, climate science, and adaptation measures from leading researchers and policymakers. 

Here's what one Metcalf alumnus says about his Annual Workshop experience:

"I woke up every day excited to learn more and hear from a new round of experts. I have a better understanding of how to navigate scientific papers and relationships with scientists, and how to report on the climate." 
Kyle Bagenstos
Investigative reporter, USA Today Network
2020 Annual Science Immersion Workshop alumnus 

The 2021 Workshop will be conducted virtually due to ongoing public health concerns.
Based on effective methods for remote learning and to accommodate Fellows’ schedules, the workshop will be offered over two non-successive weeks beginning on May 24, 2021, during the afternoons of Eastern Daylight Time (approximately 1pm-5pm EDT).

Week One: May 24 – 27, 2021, journalists will:
  • Build science translation skills and become familiar with the building blocks of academic research. 
  • Participate in sessions on data visualization and statistics and probabilities followed by interactive sessions that provide insiders’ perspectives on how to read, interpret and translate scientific publications.
  • Gain strategies for localizing climate change stories, an issue that will be explored more extensively in Week Two. 
Week Two: June 7 – 11, 2021, journalists will:
  • Explore climate change science, impacts, and adaptation measures in greater detail, with a focus on environmental justice.
  • Discuss uncertainties in climate models, the state of science regarding extreme weather, sea level rise, coastal resilience and public health, and what these compounding challenges mean for vulnerable communities.
  • Apply discussions from Weeks One and Two to create a plan for localizing these issues for their news audiences
Learn more and register here.

As a result of participating in the Annual Science Immersion Workshop, Fellows will:
  • Recognize and understand the interactions between climate change, the environment, and society, and how climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities.
  • Be able to identify important climate change stories that are relevant to their news audiences.
  • Understand how academic scientists plan, fund, conduct, and publish their research.
  • Be better prepared to understand and communicate scientific uncertainties.
  • Be better prepared to translate scientific findings for news audiences.
Thanks to the generosity of private donors and Metcalf Institute’s endowment, the fellowships include full tuition.

Application Deadline March 1, 2021. Learn more and register here.

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