A seminar in Chicago is designed to provide journalists with story ideas and a better understanding of climate change issues affecting regional audiences.

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has partnered with WBEZ Chicago to develop the seminar for journalists covering the Great Lakes on Sept. 19 at WBEZ’s newsroom in Chicago.

Full-time journalists working in all media in the Great Lakes states are encouraged to apply for the free seminar by Aug. 18 at http://metcalfinstitute.org/training/ccgreatlakes.

A limited number of confirmed participants who must travel a significant distance to attend the seminar will be eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $250 to support travel and/or lodging expenses.

Metcalf Institute has reserved a block of double-occupancy rooms in a major national chain hotel near the seminar venue to provide a significantly discounted lodging option for participating journalists.

Part of Metcalf Insti­tute’s Climate Change and the News series, this one-day seminar is designed to help reporters and editors better understand climate impacts in the Great Lakes; provide expert contacts and resources; and inspire solid story ideas to facilitate news coverage of regional climate change impacts.

The seminar is under­­written by The Grantham Foundation for the Pro­tection of the Environ­ment and is offered at no cost to participating journalists.

For more details contact Karen Southern, director of communications for the Metcalf Institute, at karen_southern@mail.uri.edu.

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