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CERF Webinar: May 2018
Tuesday, May 08, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: CERF Events & Webinars

Working with Journalists: Why It’s Important, What to Expect & How to Prepare

About the Webinar

The journalism industry has experienced a massive transformation over the past decade. Still, journalists remain important agenda setters regarding public opinion and how policymakers prioritize their efforts. It is essential, therefore, that scientists know how to establish strong working relationships with journalists and put their best feet forward in interviews. Dr. Sunshine Menezes, executive director of the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute, a global leader in science training for journalists, will share insights and tips on what to expect in your interactions with journalists, how to cultivate productive relationships, and how to prepare for interviews.

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Sunshine Menezes, Ph.D.

Sunshine Menezes, Ph.D. has served as executive director of the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island since 2006. Menezes became a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication in the URI Department of Natural Resources Science in 2017. She was associate director for communication in the URI GSO Office of Marine Programs from 2006-2017. Prior to focusing her communication efforts on improving news coverage of the environment, she developed national and state-level environmental policy, first as a Dean John Knauss National Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow with Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. and later as part of a multidisciplinary team at the URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Menezes received a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, and was a Rhode Island Foundation Fellow from 2013-2014.