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WHOI Announces 2014 Ocean Science Journalism Fellows

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August 19, 2014

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Eight writers, filmmakers, and multimedia science journalists from the U.S., England, and The Gambia have been selected to participate in the competitive Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program. The program takes place September 7-12, 2014, in Woods Hole, Mass., on Cape Cod.

This year’s fellows are:

• Jonathan Amos, BBC News

• Aleszu Bajak, LatinAmericanScience.org

• Sandrine Ceurstemont, New Scientist magazine

• Victoria Gill, BBC News

• Johann Grolle, Der Spiegel magazine          

• Patrick N. Olisa, Tropical Watch, Eras Business and Financial News

• Gianna Savoie, filmmaker           

• Michael Werner, filmmaker

The WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program was established in 2000 to introduce science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering.  Through seminars with top scientists and engineers, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography.

Topics range from harmful algal blooms to deep-sea hydrothermal vents; from seafloor earthquakes to ice-sheet dynamics; from the ocean’s role in climate change to the human impact on fisheries and coastline change; from ocean instruments and observatories to underwater robots.

The program is a one-week, residential experience open to professional writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. Fellows receive a travel allowance, as well as room and board for one week.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean's role in the changing global environment. For more information, please visit www.whoi.edu.

Originally published: August 19, 2014