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The 2020 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists call for applications


Deadline: 14 Feb,2020    Next term Starts:: 15 May,2020



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that a 2 degree Celsius increase in global average temperatures will be a tipping point for life as we know it, triggering massive sea level rise, ecosystem shifts, and a greater frequency of extreme weather around the globe.

The Metcalf Institute Workshop provides journalists with hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists, policymakers, and communicators who are working to project the impacts of climate change, identify adaptation measures, and investigate the most effective ways to communicate these challenges. Workshop topics are carefully selected to offer widespread relevance through local, regional, and national (U.S.) examples. It’s a unique and intense week of learning in the field, classroom and lecture hall for journalists who rarely get the time for in-depth study.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The Fellowship is designed for early- to mid-career, full-time journalists from all media who are looking to start or significantly expand their coverage of the environment.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for training in topics relating to climate change impacts and adaptation.
  • The fellowship includes room, board and tuition, with travel support paid after the program in the amount of up to US$500 for U.S.-based journalists and up to US$1,000 for journalists applying from outside of the U.S. Applicants from outside the U.S.
  • Must provide written assurance in their applications that they have full travel funds up front and can obtain the appropriate visa by May 15

Awards and Benefits

  • Receive a comprehensive overview of climate change science
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how scientists conduct research and address scientific uncertainty
  • Develop the skills and confidence to translate the language of scientific journals for news audiences
  • 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
  • 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
  • Network and develop lasting relationships with journalists from around the globe


How To Apply 

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