We’ve sweetened the pot for our first media scholar – apply by Sunday January 30

We’ve sweetened the pot for our media scholar, adding a free ticket to WordCamp - which takes place on the weekend following Webstock - to the winner’s package.

Wordcamp brings together people who use WordPress in interesting ways – whether journalists striking out on their own, journalism school publications, newspapers, bloggers or a whole range of businesses. It’s a nice little conference with interesting speakers – including me, Kiwiblogger David Farrar, John Ford from Automattic, the company behind WordPress and a bunch more. See the line-up here.

Our scholar will also go to Webstock, where the speakers include co-founder of The Pirate Bay Peter Sunde, performance artist Amanda Palmer, Microsoft Research senior researcher danah boyd, co-founder of Tumblr and founder of Instapaper Marco Arment, data journalist David McCandless, cartoonist Scott McCloud, Ruby on Rails luminary (and allaboutthestory.com co-founder) Michael Koziarski and web designer Jason Santa Maria.

And they’ll get a ticket to the website awards, the Onyas, which reward the best websites in New Zealand.

That represents a lot of opportunities for contact-building, interviewing web stars from here and overseas, and learning a whole lot more about the digital universe.

But you’ll have to be quick getting your application in, since the deadline is just five days away on Sunday January 30.

Here are the details again:

The Award

  • Media registration for both days of the Webstock conference (Thursday & Friday February 14-18, 2011) which includes conference pass, free coffee, and much-admired conference bag and other schwag.
  • A face to face interview set up for you with at least one Webstock speaker and the opportunity to mix and mingle with others.
  • A ticket to the WordCamp conference (Saturday & Sunday (February 19-20, 2011)
  • A ticket to the Onya Awards 2011.

How to Apply

Email Julie Starr - julie@allaboutthestory.com – by January 30, 2011 explaining:

  • why you would like to attend Webstock 2011
  • which speaker you most want to interview and why
  • which publication you write for or intend to pitch any Webstock-related stories to
  • how the scholarship would help you in your career
  • why you’re the right person for the scholarship


The scholar will be required to write at least three stories for publication in the lead-up to and during the conference. The stories must be written to national newspaper standard.


You must be available to attend Webstock in Wellington on Thursday February 17 and Friday February 18 2011.

You must be an active member of allaboutthestory.com with a completed profile and at least one publication-standard news story or feature posted for sale on the site as at January 30, 2011. Not a member yet? It’s free and quick to register today!

You must be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and incidental expenses related to attending the conference yourself.

Got a question?

Email Julie@allaboutthestory.com and she’ll help you out. Or follow #tams on Twitter.