Scholarship Program

The National Conference for Media Reform is the nation’s biggest and best conference devoted to media, technology and democracy. The conference’s energy and power come from a diverse group of attendees who bring their ideas, expertise and perspectives to the event.

To expand participation in our conference, Free Press will award a limited number of registration-fee waivers. We are not offering travel or lodging assistance this year.

Free Press is committed to promoting participation from underrepresented groups, particularly people of color, youth and grassroots activists. We also seek broad geographic representation. We prioritize diversity in scholarship applications and seek applications from individuals whose commitment to media reform will be reinforced by their participation in the conference.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete our application here.

Scholarship Timeline

  • Feb. 1, 2013: Application deadline
  • Early February 2013: Applicants notified
  • Early March 2013: Awardees must confirm acceptance
  • April 5–7, 2013: National Conference for Media Reform in Denver

Save on Travel and Lodging

Here are a few ways to save on travel and lodging costs:

  • Partner Up Locally, Split Costs. Who else in your area is planning to attend the conference? Are there local organizations that might be interested in sending representatives? Reach out to your networks and strategize about ways to work together to lower costs. You could combine resources to carpool, rent a bus or co-host fundraising events.
  • Book a Discounted Hotel Room. We have secured a limited number of discounted rooms for conference attendees. These rooms are available from April 2–10, 2013. The discounted rooms will sell out quickly, so reserve yours as soon as possible. Click here to learn more.
  • SpaceShare. If you're interested in carpooling or sharing lodging with fellow conference attendees, please click here for information on SpaceShare. This is a great resource for conference-goers looking to save money and travel green.

Raising Extra Dough for Travel and Lodging

Here are some tips and ideas to get you started:

  • Hold a Fundraiser. Want to throw a dance party? Rock show? Comedy showcase? Walk-a-thon? Bake sale? Spelling bee? Trivia night? Spaghetti supper? It’s essential to keep fundraisers low-cost, so try to find a space that you can use for free or for a minimal cost, and get as much donated talent, supplies and assistance as you can.
  • Community Foundation Grants. If you’re working with other activists in your community, you might be able to approach a community foundation for funding. Research the grants available in your area and think about ways you can bring back what you learn at the conference to your community.
  • Learn from Others. Our friends at the Allied Media Conference have amassed an incredible resource of fundraising ideas. Check these tips out here.

Please share your ideas and successes with us so we can pass them along. Email us at

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