From Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting

The September 19th seminar held in partnership with WBEZ Chicago includes travel/lodging assistance and is designed to provide journalists with story ideas and a better understanding of water quality and other climate change issues affecting regional audiences.

When harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie threatened the water supply of thousands of residents, reporters swung into action with a mandate to get the facts and inform their news audiences as quickly as possible.  How prepared are you to discern fact from opinion and deliver strong stories about climate change impacts that resonate with your audience? The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, a global leader in science training for journalists, has partnered with WBEZ Chicago to develop a climate change seminar for journalists covering the Great Lakes on September 19, 2014, at WBEZ’s newsroom on Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Seminar Offered at No Cost to Journalists 

The seminar is underwritten by The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment  and is offered at no cost to participating journalists. Part of Metcalf Institute’s Climate Change and the News series, this one-day seminar is designed to help reporters and editors better understand climate change science and impacts in the Great Lakes; provide expert contacts and resources; and inspire new story ideas to facilitate news coverage of regional climate change impacts.

The climate change seminar will explore:

  • The physical basis for climate change science
  • Effects of climate change on water quality and supply in the Great Lakes region
  • Relationships between climate change and extreme weather events
  • Impacts of climate change upon Great Lakes fisheries, forests, and agriculture
  • Public health challenges raised by climate change
  • How climate change is driving policy and economic decisions in the region

Application Process & Travel/Lodging Assistance

Full-time journalists working in all media in the Great Lakes states are encouraged to apply for the seminar via the Metcalf Institute website by August 18, 2014. A limited number of confirmed participants who must travel a significant distance to attend the seminar will be eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $250 to support travel and/or lodging expenses. Metcalf Institute has reserved a block of double-occupancy rooms in hotel close to the seminar venue to provide a significantly discounted lodging option for participating journalists.

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