CTSPJ offering travel stipends for Vegas conference — apply by Sept. 1

Here’s the short version: If you write a good essay, you could get hundreds of dollars reimbursed for a trip to Vegas.


We’re happy to announce that the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is again offering travel stipends for the national SPJ Journalism Convention.

This year’s conference will take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from Sept. 28-30.

Because we anticipate travel costs may be higher given the location, we have upped our travel stipends for this year.

Professional members of the CTSPJ chapter are eligible for reimbursements, with proof of receipt, of up to $1,200 toward conference expenses. Student members of SPJ in Connecticut are eligible for $750.

To apply, submit an essay of no more than 500 words about why you want to attend the conference, and how you have been, or would like to become, involved in CTSPJ events. That could include anything from helping with judging swaps to ideating and/or supporting programming.

Send the short essay, along with your SPJ member number, to Cindy Simoneau, a past president of the CTSPJ board, at simoneauc1@southernct.edu.

Simoneau will prepare all entries for a blind review by the CTSPJ board.

One professional member and one student member will be selected. The winners must be members in good standing of CTSPJ. New members are welcome to apply.

To confirm your membership status, contact membership@hq.spj.org.

The deadline to apply for the grants is 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Sept. 1. That’s a quick turnaround, but it’s always a worthwhile conference.

Please email the CTSPJ president at LBoyle@connecticutspj.org if you have any questions.

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