GroundTruth and WCAI announce new environment fellowship

Next to a raised home in Scituate, a seawall crumbles—the result of years of ocean waves pummeling the shores. Most coastal towns along the Massachusetts South Shore have man-made sea walls in place to help protect the ocean front from storm surges. But recent storms have breached the seawalls and weakened them for future storms. (Lauren Owens Lambert/GroundTruth)

Update: We have extended the deadline to apply. The new deadline is February 19 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The GroundTruth Project and WCAI, the local NPR member station for the Cape, Islands and South Coast, and a WGBH affiliate, today announce a new reporting fellowship that will explore how individuals and communities are coping with the realities of climate change.

GroundTruth supports a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation. This fellowship will provide two emerging journalists the opportunity to report for six months in WCAI’s newsroom in Woods Hole, MA and bolster its environmental radio and digital coverage.

“Woods Hole is an international epicenter of science,” said Charles Sennott, founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project, a non-profit organization based at the flagship PBS station, WGBH, in Boston. “Reporting fellows will contribute meaningfully to environmental coverage at WCAI and unpack the story of climate change, from the scientists researching it to the legislators making policies about it.”

The two selected fellows will work out of WCAI’s office, independently and together, producing weekly stories for broadcast and digital. They will also work with WCAI on a larger “capstone” project to be published in the fall of 2018. Ideally, one or both fellows would have audio reporting experience, and one fellow would have visual storytelling experience, such as with photography, videography or data visualization.

“This is an exciting opportunity that will enable us to dig deeper into some of the science that happens all around us, and shed light on the work that the general public often doesn’t get to see or hear about.” said Mindy Todd, Managing Director of Editorial at WCAI.

The fellowship, based in Woods Hole, MA, will begin April 9, 2018 and run through the end of September. GroundTruth, which has a small bureau in Woods Hole for covering climate change, will provide housing and a fellowship stipend.

The deadline for applications is February 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET and winners will be announced in early March. Applications should include a resume, five pieces of work (audio/podcast or photography/videography/data visualization) and a cover letter outlining the applicant’s interest in reporting on the environment. Please send applications to: [email protected]. Click here to learn more about GroundTruth Fellowships.

About The GroundTruth Project: Committed to supporting and inspiring a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation, The GroundTruth Project is based in Boston at the PBS flagship, WGBH. Since it was formally incorporated as a non-profit in 2014, GroundTruth has offered more than 125 reporting fellowships and workshops to top, emerging journalists around the world and distributes their award-winning work through editorial partnerships with PRI The World, PBS NewsHour, PBS FRONTLINE, The Atlantic, ABC News, the Huffington Post and other leading news organizations. For more GroundTruth fellowship opportunities click here.

About WCAI: The Cape and Islands NPR stations, WCAI 90.1, WNAN 91.1, and WZAI 94.3 are listener-supported public radio stations serving Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the South Coast. Founded by local residents, the stations are a service of WGBH Radio. We strive to celebrate the uniqueness of the communities that we serve while discussing common issues. As a service of the WGBH Educational Foundation, the Cape and Islands NPR stations share the same mission as WGBH: Our purpose is to promote the general education of the public by offering television, radio, and other telecommunications programs and services that inform, inspire, and entertain, so that persons of all ages, origins, and beliefs may be encouraged, in an atmosphere of artistic freedom, to learn and appreciate the history, the sciences, the humanities, the fine arts, the practical arts, the music, the politics, the economics, and other significant aspects of the world they live in, and thereby to enrich and improve their lives.