DEADLINE: Metcalf Institute's Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Event Date: 
February 12, 2024

Water Under Pressure: How water systems are changing and being challenged by global climate change

As climate change has become a more frequent issue of concern, newsrooms have adjusted by incorporating more coverage of environmental change and its impacts. Unfortunately, many reporters and editors lack the background, sources, and confidence to cover these stories with the depth and nuance they require. Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists (AWJ) is designed to address this gap, and to be a valuable resource for journalists working in a wide variety of beats.  It’s the 26th anniversary of this immersive program, and this year will have a special focus on water issues and climate change.  Fellows will dive deep into issues such as water quality, plastics and public health, and ecosystem restoration, all through a social justice lens.

Metcalf Institute’s AWJ is for full-time journalists working in  any medium who want learn more about research and topics relating to climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and justice. It’s designed to bolster your understanding of the methods, norms, and culture of science, with hands-on activities, field trips, and opportunities to develop relationships with scientific experts and with your other fellows! We welcome journalists of all beats, such as arts & culture, business, technology, policy, and politics, as climate change shapes all of these fields with ever-increasing urgency.

The Annual Workshop is designed to help Fellows gain new insights, sources and resources to aid their reporting, expand peer networks with journalists from around the globe, and produce accurate and contextualized reporting on globally relevant environmental issues. Metcalf Fellows will gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of research practice, climate science, and adaptation measures from leading researchers and policy makers.

The 2024 Workshop will be conducted in person at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. on June 3-8, with supplementary asynchronous preparation. Applications are due by February 12, 2024 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Metcalf Institute strives to create a diverse Fellowship cohort; journalists of color, as well as those who are LGBTQIA+ and/or are disabled, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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