Apply now: The 2014 CPIJ journalism topical conference sponsorship program

Apply now: The 2014 CPIJ journalism topical conference sponsorship program

In addition to scheduled conference sponsorships, the Center for Public Interest Journalism will also maintain topical conference support in 2014.

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

This is an opportunity for reporters, editors and news developers to gain subject-matter expertise and access sources beyond their immediate communities.

The subject of topical conferences must be related to your work in the greater Philadelphia region. Applicants should be actively covering the subject matter of the conference or be able to demonstrate its relevance to their work.

You may apply for topical sponsorship support at any time but CPIJ will support only one conference per candidate per calendar year, including those in the scheduled conference program.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants should be actively covering the subject matter of the conference or be able to demonstrate  relevance to their work.
  • Applicants must work in public interest journalism 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.

SELECTION:

During the selection process for each conference, new applicants will be considered before past recipients. You may apply as often as you wish, but selection for one grant eliminates the possibility of support to attend another conference later this year. Grants are not transferrable to other conferences.

CPIJ will normally restrict attendees to one individual per news organization per conference. Selection for sponsorships will be made by CPIJ staff.

HOW IT WORKS:

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.

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 conference 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.

AFTER THE CONFERENCE:

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.

NOTIFICATION:

Look for notification with two weeks of application in most cases. Good luck!

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