Nov. 13, 2008  

FAU Invites Application for Environmental Fellowship

Florida Atlantic University invites applications for the 4th annual Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment in South Florida, a weeklong educational fellowship for print, broadcast or electronic journalists to be held June 1-6, 2009.

Advance your understanding of environmental science and policy in the highly instructive setting of South Florida, a region facing many of the same environmental problems and pressures found elsewhere in the United States and working to restore South Florida’s iconic Everglades ecosystem.

Hear briefings from scientists, engineers, lawyers, water managers and other experts while receiving writing and reporting guidance from veteran journalists. The 2009 session, spanning six days, will again feature a diverse curriculum with water as a flow-through theme. The program combines classroom lectures and informal discussion with travel to key natural areas, research stations and other sites, and examines issues relevant to reporters working around the U.S.

Proposed topics for 2009 include agriculture, growth management, climate change, toxic chemicals, endangered species, alternative energy, air pollution, water quality and supply and invasive species.

On the road, past participants have visited freshwater wetlands, a sea turtle nesting beach, sugar cane and vegetable fields, a river restoration project, estuary, water control facilities, marine research stations and government conservation lands.

The institute is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and presented by FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies with help from the Florida Center for Environmental Studies.

The program enrolls up to 25 participants. It is open to reporters, editors or producers and is headquartered at FAU’s Jupiter campus, within exploratory reach of the Miami-to-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, Atlantic coastline and greater Everglades region.

The fellowship pays for tuition, on-campus housing, meals and field trips. A limited number of travel stipends will be offered as well to 2009 participants to reduce out-of-pocket travel expenses. Earlier applications would receive consideration first for this travel

Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2009. To apply or learn more visit or call the institute at 561-799-8047.

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