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Raleigh Update: Writing coaching and scholarship money

October 13, 2008

Greetings from Capitolbeat 2008:

Our conference is a month out and we are in full gear making final preparations. The following are some important announcements for those already signed up for the conference and those who might be thinking of coming:

  • We will be issuing a final schedule this week. Much of the program is the same as it was when we issued the tentative schedule earlier this year but has either moved or been changed to accommodate changing conditions. For example, we have added an extra panel on the economy given the state of Wall Street and the markets at large.
  • We are very excited to announce writing coach Joe Voltz will join us for several sessions over the weekend. This will be an opportunity for you to get some one-on-one help with your writing. If you’re interested, please bring some samples of your latest and greatest work so Joe can help you make it better.

    Joe Volz has been a newspaper reporter, columnist and editor for more than for 40 years, writing for the Washington Star, the Washington Daily News and the New York Daily News Washington Bureau, where he was a Pulitzer Prize winner for covering the Defense Department. He currently writes a weekly column, called “Aging Lifestyles,” which is syndicated by Creators Syndicate. Volz has taught journalism as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, and has been an instructor at George Washington University and the U.S. Agriculture Department Graduate School.

  • Earlier this year we announced a round of scholarships and awarded help to all three applicants who put in requests. Thanks to generous support from the Pew foundation, we can offer support to more folks who wish to attend the conference. We can afford to help somewhere between five and ten more people by waiving conference fees and/or hotel costs. But we need to hear from you.

Scholarships are available to those who have not registered for the conference already.

To apply: We need a letter from you stating what you hope to get out of the conference and why you need help attending, and a letter from your employer saying they’ll at least let you have the time to come to the conference, if not help you with transportation costs.

Please submit your application via e-mail by Monday, Oct. 20, at 9 a.m. EST to

That’s it for now. We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh in November.

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