PIN Camp updates: Deadlines, travel stipends and more

Meg Cramer
PIN analyst
American Public Media's Mike Reszler addresses a PINCamp 2013 session. (Photo by Anna Weggel | PIN)

American Public Media’s Mike Reszler addresses a PINCamp 2012 session. (Photo by Anna Weggel | PIN)

UPDATE: We’ve extended the deadline for early registration and funding requests to April 22.

A few weeks ago we sent word out about PIN Camp 2013 [if you're new to PIN Camp, here's a look back at last year's annual gathering of analysts from PIN partner newsrooms]. And now: More information about the dates and deadlines — along with two opportunities to get some funding for your trip to St. Paul, Minn., in June.


Dates and registration

This year, we’re hosting PIN Camp June 6-7. Register here.

We’re offering an early registration discount: If you sign up by April 22, you’ll only pay half the tuition. But you need this code to get the discount: earlybirdspecial_PINCamp13.


Funding opportunities

That April 22 deadline also applies to another offer, one that can make it more economically feasible for you to attend or that might allow you to bring another person from your newsroom to the camp.

You can apply for one of several travel stipends that APM will award to Public Insight Network partner newsrooms. (Again: The deadline for these applications is also April 22). Use this application form – and know that APM offers one of two stipend options:

  • AGENDA-SETTER AWARDS - APM will award travel stipends (up to $600) to partners who propose intriguing ideas for PIN camp sessions and help make them happen. This involves everything from proposing a session topic to finding a speaker to organizing the agenda and activities of a particular session. We’re looking for sessions that introduce creative, PIN-centric ways to incorporate listening in your approach to community journalism.
  • TWO-FOR-ONE AWARDS - APM will cover the travel and hotel costs (up to $900) for bringing a PIN newcomer to camp. If you are planning to attend, ask yourself if there is someone else on staff who you would like to cultivate as a PIN co-conspirator. This could be an editor, a reporter, a web developer or a marketing specialist. Or maybe there is someone outside your newsroom — a former colleague or a person who understands networked journalism — who would add a fresh perspective to our discussions.

It’s all about involving your voices in the conversation, and adding some new voices to the mix. Our team will announce the award recipients on April 26. 


Oh, one more thing…

If that’s not enough to get you psyched, there’s this: Our technology team is planning a pre-PIN Camp hackathon, bringing together journalists and coders in a daylong workshop to solve real problems and create new PIN features or products. More information coming soon.

Now, grab your canteen (for the hackathon), pack your compass (for the Skyway), and don’t forget the sunscreen (we figure the sun will reappear by then).




Meg Cramer PIN analyst

Before joining the Public Insight Network as an analyst, Meg Cramer was a public insight journalist for Changing Gears at Michigan Radio. There, she engaged with sources around issues of economic change throughout the Midwest.

Over the last year, Meg has been focused on helping people participate in the news-making process. Her reporting has aired on Marketplace, WBEZ and Michigan Radio.