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You have been asked to complete this reference as part of a journalist's application package for the Metcalf Institute 25th Annual Science Immersion Workshop.

You will be asked to evaluate the potential impacts of the Metcalf fellowship on the applicant's professional work and news audience(s). 

To help you assess the applicant's suitability for the Metcalf fellowship, here is some background.

About the Metcalf Institute Annual Science Immersion Workshop Fellowship
This fellowship is for full-time professional journalists who:
- work in any medium or combination of media
- are early- and mid-career and looking to start or expand coverage of climate change and energy
- have a firm commitment to expanding their coverage of climate change and energy, even if environmental topics have not been a major source of their focus to date
- need to understand the practice of scientific research and topics relating to climate change science, impacts and adaptation 

Applicants do not need a science background because the Metcalf Workshop is designed to bolster Fellows’ understanding of science to improve science-based reporting.

Why your reference is important
Selections for individual fellowship awards are made based, in part, on expressed commitment to accurate, science-based environmental coverage and editorial support for the publication and/or broadcast of the applicant’s subsequent environmental reporting.

Metcalf Institute’s selection process strives to maximize diversity of each Annual Workshop class with regard to race and ethnicity, gender, medium, geography, and journalism experience.

Deadline
This form must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2023, Eastern Standard Time, for the applicant to be considered for a 2023 Metcalf fellowship.

Any issues with completing or submitting this form should be reported to phoebe.neel@uri.edu immediately and no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2023, Eastern Standard Time.

Thank you for supporting professional development for journalists!

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* 1. What is the applicant's full name?

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* 2. What is your full name?

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* 3. What is your job title and work affiliation?

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* 4. What is your email address?

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* 5. Please explain how you know the applicant.

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* 6. How has your newsroom committed to expanding and/or sustaining climate change coverage? If you do not work in the same newsroom as the applicant, please answer this question about the applicant's newsroom (or primary newsrooms if freelance) to the best of your ability.

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* 7. How do you see the applicant participating in his/her/their newsroom's expansion or sustaining of climate change and energy reporting in the near future?

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* 8. Why do you think this applicant is a good fit for the Metcalf fellowship?

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The applicant has a clear commitment to reporting on climate change and energy
The applicant needs more background in the processes of scientific research
The applicant needs a wider range of sources on climate change and energy topics 
The applicant needs a wider range of resources (e.g., scientific papers, reports, etc.) on these topics
The applicant needs more techniques for covering climate change and energy (e.g., greater proficiency with translating scientific publications, access to relevant data sources, insights on compelling data visualization)
The applicant is especially in need of this training at this point in their career

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* 9. How do you anticipate this applicant will be able to apply knowledge and skills gained at the workshop to the benefit of his/her/their news audience(s)? Please be specific.

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* 10. Please add any additional comments that will help us evaluate the strengths of the applicant and what they could gain from the fellowship.

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