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.org. “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.
Melissa Clouthier, Houston based blogger and co-host of Blog Bash lent her support to the scholarship. “These folks are the tip of the activist spear and the best weapon against a biased and lapdog media,” she said of citizen journalists looking to attend CPAC.
For more information or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visitwww.bitly.com/bloggerstocpac13. Other bloggers seeking to offset their trip or be matched with roommates can contact the Club.