NEWS RELEASE, 11/08/99

UC Berkeley journalism school wins renewed funding for environmental reporting center

By Kathleen Maclay , Public Affairs


An environmental journalism center established last year at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism by the Hewlett Foundation has received renewed funding from the Menlo Park-based organization.

The school will receive approximately $315,000 over three years. The money will help finance the center and pay the way for a working journalist to sign on as a visiting fellow for one semester or one year at the journalism school.

The foundation established the center in 1998 and supported two fellowships, each for one semester.

"This will enable us to build on our initial experiment and make the Graduate School of Journalism the pre-eminent center for the teaching of environmental reporting," said Dean Orville Schell.

Visiting fellows teach and conduct research on complex environmental issues, assisted by graduate students in journalism who receive academic and byline credit for their work. In addition, the grant supports conferences and seminars to explore new topics pertinent to the field.

Marla Cone, environmental writer for the Los Angeles Times, was the first fellow last spring. Paul Rogers of the San Jose Mercury News holds the position currently.

The Center for Environmental Journalism is designed to build a community of environmental journalism professionals, teachers and students.

"We want to become a hub for those who report, edit and produce stories dealing with one of the most profound challenges of our time - informing the public about natural resource and pollution issues," said Jane Kay, director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and environmental writer for the San Francisco Examiner.

Hewlett's goal is to increase the amount, depth and quality of environmental reporting throughout the West.


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