The Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism


Metcalf Institute and Grantham Foundation Focus Partnership on Climate Change

Investment enables Metcalf Institute to expand free professional development opportunities for journalists covering climate change impacts

NARRAGANSETT, RI – Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting announced that The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment is poised to invest in the Institute’s science training programs for reporters.  The prestigious Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment will come to a close as the Grantham Foundation shifts its support of Metcalf Institute toward efforts that will directly improve news coverage of environmental issues, especially those related to climate change.

“Over the past seven years, at a time when newsrooms around the country were cutting back on environmental news coverage, The Grantham Prize, which Metcalf Institute developed and administered in partnership with The Grantham Foundation, played an important role in helping to ignite broad interest in environmental reporting,” said Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director.  “The Grantham Foundation now recognizes the importance of meeting another critical need: professional development for journalists seeking to improve their environmental reporting skills.” 

“We are extremely grateful to the Metcalf Institute, its partners and the Prize jurors for their excellent work and dedication to environmental reporting,” said Jeremy Grantham, Chief Investment Strategist at GMO, LLC and co-founder with Hannelore Grantham of The Grantham Foundation.  “We are pleased to continue supporting environmental reporting and the Metcalf Institute.  The Institute’s training programs will help us achieve our goals by ensuring that reporters are more knowledgeable about the science and impacts of climate change.”

Metcalf Institute will announce details of its new training initiative on its website in November, 2012.  The program will help journalists cover climate change and related environmental issues with greater clarity and accuracy in accordance with the mission of Metcalf Institute. 

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Grantham Foundation,” said Menezes.  “This new approach allows us to introduce journalists in other parts of the country to our successful science immersion program model and will allow us to have an even greater impact in our efforts to foster exceptional news coverage.”

About Metcalf Institute

The Metcalf Institute endowment was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and additional support from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987.  Metcalf programming is funded through federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the URI Foundation.

About The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment

The Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment was founded in 1997 by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham to protect and improve the health of the global environment.  The Grantham Foundation seeks to raise awareness of urgent environmental issues and supports individuals and organizations working to find solutions.  The Foundation’s grantmaking supports communication and collaboration in environmental protection, with an emphasis on climate change.  Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham are both actively involved in setting the strategic direction of the Foundation.



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