Apply now: The 2014 CPIJ journalism conference sponsorship program

Apply now: The 2014 CPIJ journalism conference sponsorship program

The Center for Public Interest Journalism hosted a reception at ONA.

In 2013, the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University sent 38 journalists from the Philadelphia area to seven national conferences, including many who gathered at our reception seen above, during the Online News Association Conference in Atlanta last October.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation, CPIJ will provide support to more conferences in 2014. Apply now for support to any one of the following:


The 2014 CAR Conference is meeting in Baltimore, from February 27th through March 2nd. Grants of $800 will be available. (Early-bird registration is $215 for professionals; available through February 10th.) Apply for CPIJ sponsorship by midnight, Thursday, January 23, 2014. Complete the form below and we will expedite the selection process to confirm support and enable you to meet early-bird deadlines.

The Logan Investigative Reporting Symposium will take place at U.C. Berkeley from April 25th through 27th. Grants of $1,400 will be available. CPIJ also pays conference registration directly and secures admission to this selective symposium. Apply for CPIJ sponsorship by midnight, Monday, February 3, 2014, by completing the form below.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference is scheduled to meet from June 26th through 29th in San Francisco. Grants of $1,600 will be available. Complete the form below to apply for CPIJ sponsorship by midnight, Monday, February 28, 2014.

The National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Boston, will convene July 29th through August 3rd. Grants of $1,500 will be available. Complete the form below to apply for CPIJ sponsorship by midnight, Monday, March 28, 2014.

The Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet in Chicago, will be held September 25th through 27th. Grants of $1,500 will be available. CPIJ also pays ONA registration directly and grants are intended to offset remaining costs. Complete the form below to apply for CPIJ sponsorship by midnight, Monday, April 28, 2014.

*If you apply for ONA funding, you must be an active ONA member at the time of application through the conference dates. This is required for CPIJ to secure group discount rates.

Topical conferences: You may also apply for sponsorships to attend other professional journalism conferences, such as AAJAEIJ, and NLGJA, as well as conferences related to your reporting interests. Grants of up to $2,000 each will be available. Learn more: The 2014 CPIJ journalism topical conference sponsorship program


  • Applicants must work on a public interest news topic in the greater Philadelphia region.
  • Applicants must be professional journalists or news gatherers who adhere to professional journalism standards.
  • Freelance journalists who are not affiliated with any organization are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must be available to attend the entire conference.


  • During the selection process for each conference, new applicants will be considered before past recipients.
  • CPIJ will normally restrict support to one individual per news organization per conference.
  • CPIJ will support only one conference per applicant per calendar year. Grants are not transferrable to other conferences.
  • Selection for sponsorships will be made by CPIJ staff.


Once you have been notified of selection, CPIJ will initiate the disbursement of funds. You will not be required to provide receipts or any documentation to CPIJ, but we will be requesting a copy of your W-9 form.

Grants are intended to offset registration, travel, lodging and per diem costs, but CPIJ cannot guarantee disbursement before early-bird deadlines.

In other words, you may save yourself additional expense by registering and making travel plans once you have been notified of selection, making payment on your own, and looking forward to CPIJ compensation.

We will update early-bird deadlines when possible but suggest that you check conference sites directly to get the best rates.

Grant amounts have been determined by estimated costs, considering conference duration, location and travel from the Philadelphia area, as well as registration costs and conference hotel offers.

For logistical purpose, CPIJ pays conference registration directly in some cases, including Logan and ONA conferences. In those cases, grant totals are intended to offset remaining costs.

Some conferences require membership in parent organizations. CPIJ does not provide additional funding for membership.

Recipients who accept grants and do not attend conferences are expected to return the funds and will receive no further CPIJ grants.


Applicants are expected to document share their experiences and best practices learned at the conference, both through the CPIJ website and during local events organized by CPIJ and partner organizations. We will contact you upon selection with more details. Participation will be considered when reviewing future support applications.


Look for notifications with two weeks of the application deadline in most cases. Good luck!

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