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December 13 & 14 in Philly Support OpenNews!


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

You do not have to fill out a separate application to apply. Scholarship questions are part of our call for participation form.

What We’re Offering

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

Who Should Apply

How to Apply

Select the “Would you like to be considered for a SRCCON:POWER scholarship?” option on the application call for participation form. A few scholarship-specific questions will pop onto the form.

When Notifications Go Out

Notifications for scholarships will go out alongside other notifications as part of the call for participation.

What Happens After SRCCON:POWER

You tell us how it went! We’ll send you a short followup survey and will be excited to check out any blog posts or code repos that come out of your participation at SRCCON:POWER.

Why are you offering this scholarship?

We want to make sure that SRCCON:POWER 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 under-represented in journalism and technology and from smaller and non-coastal newsrooms.

Do I still need to purchase a ticket to SRCCON:POWER?

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, Philadelphia 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.