Journalism Fellowships Program Launched at NCAR in Boulder

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is piloting what it expects will be an annual NCAR Journalism Fellowship.

The June 23-27, 2008 program for five reporters is designed to introduce science communicators to atmospheric and Earth system sciences. Areas of focus include severe weather and effects of climate and weather (hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes), Sun and space science (effects of space weather on Earth), human-environmental-societal interactions (climatic influences on disease transmission), and applied science (pinpointing turbulence for commercial planes).

The NCAR announcement of the project says the week will include seminars, laboratory visits, and field work. “NCAR journalism fellows will gain access to exciting new Earth science research findings, and will have a forum for finding answers to topical science questions.”

The four-day in-residence expenses-paid program is open to professional writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and online media. NCAR, whose work is funded by the National Science Foundation, covers costs including airfare, hotel, and transportation to and from the Denver Airport and Boulder. Support also includes a daily meal stipend for five journalism fellows.

“The ideal candidate will have at least five years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience,” the NCAR website says in announcing the program. “Freelances, book authors, and writers from nontraditional media may be considered, but should be able to show a substantial portfolio of work.” An application form is available online here.

For information, contact Rachel Hauser, NCAR journalism fellowship, by e-mail. (UCAR is the organization that manages NCAR.)

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