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Posted on behalf of the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources
<http://www.ijnr.org/>

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The Great Waters Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources
An Intense Journey of Learning for Reporters, Editors, and News Producers

May 13-22, 2004

Themes will include:

Sustainable Practices in Northern Forests
Isle Royale: A Remote National Park in Transition
Living with Predators, Coping with the Success of Recovered Endangered
Species
Conditions and Trends in Great Lakes Fisheries
Superfund Sites: The Cleanup and the Politics
Hard-Rock Mining in the Great Lakes Basin
Trends in Urban, Rural and Shoreline Sprawl
Competitive Pressures in Midwest Agriculture
Endocrine Disrupters and Airborne Contaminants
Water Diversions from the Great Lakes Basin

IJNR, the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources, is inviting
applications for its Great Waters Institute, an eight-day journey in the
lake country
of northern Wisconsin and Michigan's picturesque Upper Peninsula.
Water-related themes will unify the content of this roving field-based
journalism program.
Although this fellowship will be geographically limited to the Lake Superior
and Lake Michigan watersheds, the content is designed to be relevant to
journalists who work throughout the Great Lakes Basin and beyond.

The Great Waters Institute is an expedition-style program of learning,
organized and led by journalists. Fellowships will be awarded to up to 14
competitively selected reporters, editors and producers (perhaps including
one or two
graduate students) all in pursuit of better, more informed coverage of
growth,
development, natural resources and the environment.

Great Waters Fellows will examine aspects of sustainable silviculture,
visiting the Menominee Indian Reservation, an international model of
sustainable
forest practices, as well as logging and milling operations on tribal,
federal,
and private industrial forests. Journalists will also examine mining issues
in
the Great Lakes watershed, visiting one of the most controversial mining
sites
to be proposed in the region in recent years.

The group will explore remote stretches of Isle Royale National Park,
examining infrastructure issues as well as the island's scientifically
unique
predator-prey research. In Michigan's Upper Peninsula biologists will brief
journalists on the social implications of wolf recovery and the increasing
number of
cougar sightings in Great Lakes forests. Journalists will examine management
trends in Great Lakes fisheries, and visit numerous examples of land
conservation
in areas where timber property is rapidly being converted into vacation home
real estate. The program will also include hands-on, field-based briefings
on
endocrine disrupters, PBDEs, airborne mercury deposition, Superfund sites,
water diversion threats, and the implications of competitive pressures on
mid-sized agriculture in the Upper Midwest.

IJNR's field programs are designed by journalists for journalists. Each
program concentrates on context and perspective in exploring issues of the
en
vironment, natural resources, public health and rural communities. IJNR
encourages
better reporting and storytelling in order to increase public awareness and
understanding of natural-resource issues.

Interacting with scientists, conservationists, and policy makers as well as
local people who make their living from natural resources,IJNR fellowship
participants see places of national significance where issues are being
shaped and
resolved.

IJNR Fellowships cover all field expenses, including meals, lodging,
chartered bus and excursion fees. If necessary, a modest stipend is
available for help
with travel expenses to and from Green Bay, Wisconsin,the program's hub
city.
Newsrooms are asked to cover salaries while participants are "on assignment"
during the program, so that journalists are not expected to use vacation
days
or comp time to attend.

About the Great Waters staff: Peter Annin, the architect and leader of the
Great Waters Institute, is an IJNR associate director and a former
Chicago-based
correspondent for Newsweek. Frank Edward Allen, IJNR's President, is a
former
bureau chief and environment editor for The Wall Street Journal.

IJNR's Principal Sponsors for this program are:

--The Joyce Foundation
--W.K. Kellogg Foundation
--University of Maryland's Merrill College of Journalism

IJNR also receives funding from more than 20 other organizations
representing
a wide and balanced spectrum of interests and viewpoints.

To Apply:

Send a statement of interest (no more than two pages), a resume, a reference
letter or supervisor's endorsement and four work samples to:

IJNR Fellowship Selection Committee
PO Box 1996
Missoula, MT 59806

The application deadline for this program is March 12. Applications must be
received in Missoula by that date. Some preference will be given to early
applicants.

For more information visit our web site (http://www.ijnr.org/) or call IJNR
at (608)
278-8005, or (406) 273-4626.


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