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Journalism Program

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Each year in September, (usually the week after Labor Day) WHOI hosts 10 science journalists as part of the Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship. The one-week program is designed to introduce science writers to the wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering through seminars, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions.

The fellowship has been a source of some excellent news coverage, as well as for developing a corp of reporters who are intimately familiar with WHOI. The fellowship offers a window into the scientific process that most reporters rarely get; this can help build a strong, scientific base that journalists can take back to their publications and apply to not just oceanography stories but science stories in general. This, in a time when many publications and other media are cutting back on specialist reporters, can help perpetuate responsible science communication in the media.

The Media Office is always looking for people who would like to participate in the program, either by giving a presentation, lab tour, or to let the group come along and help with field work (locally) for hands on experiences. If you are interested in participating, please let us know.

Last updated: February 14, 2012

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