Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellows Announced
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This year's Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting, were awarded this morning. The awards are given to minority journalists early in their careers to encourage diversity and excellence in environmental reporting. Environmental journalism is still a relatively new field and as climate change becomes a daily topic of conversation many newspapers and media outlets are scrambling to find reporters who can not only cover the issues but understand the science enough to translate what it means to the reader.
And the winners are..."Azadeh Ansari, morning news writer, KTVU-TV in San Francisco, CA; Hamida Kinge, press and marketing manager, Brooklyn Arts Exchange in New York City; Michelle Ma, environment, health and social issues reporter, The Daily Triplicate in Crescent City, CA; Brentin Mock, staff writer for Intelligence Report magazine; and Bina Venkataraman, reporting intern at the New York Times.The prize comes with a four week independent study at the University of Rhode Island where journalists will also take courses on environmental justice. Journalists will then participate in a 9-month fellowship with either CNN; Next American City; The Seattle Times; The American Prospect or the Boston Globe.
Awards are funded through the Geosciences Division of the National Science Foundation. Fellows will also be able to attend the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference thanks to funding from the Chicago Tribune Foundation.
Recently we featured several of the participants, including the winners, of the Metcalf Institute's Grantham Prize. This is one of the highest awards one can receive in environmental journalism and the winner this year was a 10-part series on environmental destruction in China by six New York Times reporters. The Metcalf Institute also offers funding, workshops and lecture series' to train and encourage excellence in environmental reporting and is part of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.
Congratulations to all the winners.
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