With the largest annual gathering, the Conservative Political Action Conference, less than three weeks away, the National Bloggers Club launched a new scholarship fund to send at least four citizen-journalists to the annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
Money for the scholarships will be raised through crowd sourced donations, BlogBash.org, and will cover travel and hotel costs. Grant recipients have been selected from applicants from throughout the country.
“The National Bloggers Club is honored to launch this initiative to help some of our own attend CPAC -and BlogBash this year,” said Bruce Carroll, NBC board member and blogger at www.GayPatriot.com. “Our goal through this effort is to raise $4,500 to make sure that our scholarship recipients have the resources they need to accurately and efficiently report from CPAC. As bloggers, we have a duty to help each other out and this is part of that continuing mission.”
Many bloggers hold full-time jobs and support families, so it can be a financial challenge to attend the largest annual gathering of conservatives in the country. The National Bloggers Club established this fund knowing the both the conference and the political blogging world benefit from the presence of additional citizen-journalists.
The National Bloggers Club is working closely with the organizers of CPAC, the American Conservative Union, to make sure these grantees receive blogger credentials to the event. Recipients of the grant will also assist the Club in providing tools, pictures, and other resources to the hundreds of its members planning to attend.
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