Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting

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Hello all: PLease disseminate to those interested in science and journamism. The Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting is a 42-week fellowship program that provides traditionally under-represented racial and ethnic minority journalists with an opportunity to learn basic science, gain environmental research and reporting skills, and apply new knowledge and skills in a 38-week reporting assignment. The Diversity Fellowships program consists of four weeks of independent study at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography with science faculty mentors, including an orientation and immersion workshop that integrates science and environmental justice issues; and 38 weeks of reporting on science and the environment with reporter and editor mentors. Fellows may work in radio, television, and print outlets such as The American Prospect; The Boston Globe; Chicago Tribune/chicagotribune.com; The Christian Science Monitor; EarthSky Communications; High Country News; Los Angeles Times; Minnesota Public Radio; National Geographic; NOVA Science Television; The Providence Journal; Sacramento Bee; Salon.com; PRI's The World; and Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. The fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend paid over ten months and limited travel support. The stipend does not include health benefits. Eligible journalists must have a minimum of one year of professional journalism experience, U.S. citizenship, and a demonstrated interest in improving their environmental and science reporting skills. The Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting are currently funded by a grant from the Geosciences Division of the National Science Foundation (see news release). The number of fellowships to be offered for the 2009-2010 class will depend upon funding.