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SRCCON 2019 • July 11 & 12 in MPLS Apply to attend!

We don’t want cost to prevent you from coming to SRCCON, which is why we work to keep ticket prices low. To help defray the cost of attending, OpenNews offers a limited number of travel scholarships.

Scholarships for SRCCON 2019

Whether you’re a newsroom developer at a small organization with a strained professional development budget or a freelance developer eager to learn more about journalism code, we want to help you attend SRCCON.

There’s no separate application—there were questions about scholarships on our call for participation form, which closed for scholarship applications on April 24.

What We’re Offering

A ticket to SRCCON and $500 for you to use toward the cost of travel to the event. (For scholarship recipients who live in the Minneapolis area, we offer a SRCCON ticket without the additional travel funding.)

In addition to the travel scholarships, for the first time this year, we’re offering one scholarship of $500 for caretaking-related costs. (Either to bring your loved ones to Minneapolis, or help care for them back home while you’re at the conference.) There is a separate question on the call for participation form to apply for this scholarship.

Who Should Apply

How to Apply

The application was part of our call for participation form. The deadline to apply for a scholarship was April 24.

When Notifications Go Out

Notifications for scholarships will go out alongside other notifications as part of the call for participation. You’ll hear from us by May 10.

What Happens After SRCCON

You tell us how it went! We’ll send you a short followup survey and will be excited to check out anything you write or build coming out of your participation at SRCCON.

Why Are You Offering This Scholarship?

We want to make sure that SRCCON is an event that includes the diversity of the communities we serve—geographically, demographically, experientially, and more. We know that travel costs can be a hardship, and offer this scholarship as a way to help mitigate that.

How Do You Decide Who Will Receive a Scholarship?

OpenNews staff reviews all applications. We prioritize applications from members of communities underrepresented in journalism and technology and from smaller and non-coastal newsrooms.

Do I Still Need to Purchase a Ticket to SRCCON?

If you receive a scholarship, you will not have to purchase a ticket.

When Will I Receive My Scholarship?

When we notify scholarship recipients, we will include information about how to receive the scholarship funds. In short, you will need to fill out a form and send some tax paperwork for our administrators to process the payment. It may take a month or so for check processing.

What If I Need More Than $500 for My Travel?

We’re able to offer $500 scholarships at this time. Luckily, Minneapolis is a relatively cheap city once you arrive. Also, this entire site runs off a Github repo, so if you, say, wanted to add a link to a room-share board, you could go right ahead and do that! Or, you can email with any suggestions.

Questions Not Covered Here?

Email us.