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Capitolbeat 2010 Scholarships

October 3, 2010

You’re not signed up for Capitolbeat 2010 in Phoenix yet? Why not?

Oh, the money thing.

We know the story. You want some training – no – you need some time looking at new ideas and meeting with colleagues who understand the exasperations and joys of covering the state legislature. But there’s not just money in your newsroom’s training budget and there’s only so much you can shell out of your own pocket.

We may be able to help.

Capitolbeat has a limited pot of scholarship money available and we’re going to try to make it stretch as far as we can this year. Hardly anybody should expect a full ride, but we’ll help as many people as we can with the money we have.

Here’s how to apply:

Step 1: Register for the conference. Do not pass go and do not do anything else unless you have done this. Go to the conference page and fill out the online registration form. Don’t pay the conference registration fee yet, but we need to know you’re out there and that you’re interested in coming.

Step 2: Figure out what your bosses or you yourself can pay for. We want to see our scholarship dollars go as far as possible, so if you we know you can pick up the tab for part of the trip we’re a lot happier pitching in.

Step 3: Write us an e-mail. Send it to . You’ll get an acknowledgement in a couple days. Your e-mail should contain your name, newsroom affiliation, phone numbers and other relevant contact information. Send us a couple graphs letting us know why you want to come and what you need help with exactly.

That’s it. We’ll try to let folks we’re going to help out know by October 15.

A helpful hint about applying: It is easiest and most cost effective for us to help offset the registration fee or hotel costs. Travel costs, such as airplane tickets or mileage, will be considered in some situations. We will not cover items such as meals or a cab from the airport except in extraordinarily unusual circumstances.

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