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Geologist Jeff Donnelly (with cap) with the Ocean Science Journalism Fellows in the marsh at Wood Neck Beach, Falmouth, Massachusetts, explaining how sediment cores are used to study the impact of major hurricanes and storms on coastal marshes. (Photo by Dave Gray)

Marine Meteorologist Jim Edson (top center, with white folder) explains operations at the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory during an August boat trip to the site for federal agency representatives, local officials, and members of the media. (Photo by Jayne Doucette)

Circulation of print media featuring WHOI
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Viewership of television programs featuring WHOI
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Print and broadcast stories featuring WHOI science reached a potential audience of 121 million in 2003.
The impact of oil on the marine environment, abrupt climate change, noise and marine mammals, and new undersea exploration vehicles were among the WHOI science and engineering activities attracting international media interest in 2003. Several thousand requests for images and information were received from organizations as diverse as The National Academies, W.W. Norton Publishers, the National Science Foundation, Polish Scientific Publishers, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali in Italy. A live Web link from R/V Atlantis to the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey in August was one of a number of WHOI outreach activities related to the IMAX film Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, which featured dives in the submersible Alvin. The film was released nationwide in September.

In the United States and abroad, hundreds of articles appeared in print and broadcast media, such as Newsweek, Astrobiology Magazine, Marine Scientist, Science, Harvard Magazine, and National Geographic Magazine, and many programs were broadcast by National Public Radio, NBC, CBS, Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, PBS, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, and The Travel Channel.

Other highlights for 2003 include:
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) interviewed Lloyd Keigwin, Terry Joyce, and WHOI President and Director Bob Gagosian for The Big Chill, a one-hour program on abrupt climate change.

  • WHOI presented its first Ocean Science Journalism Award to Alastair Fothergill of the BBC for the television series Blue Planet: Seas of Life and to Robert Kunzig for the book Mapping the Deep. The awards ceremony and a press briefing on autonomous underwater vehicles were held in New York City in October.

  • Seven journalists from newspapers, magazines, Web sites and television stations nationwide gathered at WHOI in September for an intense week of study during the fourth annual Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program. Thirty-three journalists have participated in the program since it began in 2000. Among the many journalists to visit WHOI during the year were 10 international Knight Science Journalism Fellows from MIT, who came in October.
—Shelley Dawicki (sdawicki@whoi.edu)

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