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BusinessDay’s journalist, Josephine Okojie, is among 10 journalists that have been selected to attend Metcalf Institute’s 2019 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.
Okojie and other fellows were selected from a competitive pool of applicants representing 17 nations around the globe.
She will join others to attend the workshop in June to hold at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School Of Oceanography, United States, to explore ways in which climate change and other human activities affect global water supplies.
“Local news has a significant influence on a community’s ability to make informed decisions about environmental issues, from planning for flood hazards to the adoption of policies to curb water pollution,” Karen Southern, communications director, Metcalf Institute, said.
“In spite of the important role for local news, small to medium-sized news outlets have limited resources to support their journalists’ professional development. With that in mind, Metcalf Institute prioritised the selection of fellows from local and regional news organisations for the 2019 Annual Workshop,” Southern said.
She noted that the selection of fellows for the institution’s annual programme is intended to emphasise the importance of consistent, high-quality reporting on local environmental issues.
Fellows will gain hands-on experience and insights from leading scientists, natural resource managers, and private and non-profit sector practitioners who are working to understand and project the interactions of climate change and water resources and investigating effective ways to communicate these challenges.
They will also discuss links between water and climate systems, discover the value of long-term data collection, and explore techniques for measuring and addressing water quality and quantity problems that affect communities and aquatic ecosystems among others.