MEDIA

New media scholarship launched for NZ journalists

Tuesday 11 January 2011, 1:06PM
By Julie Starr
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Allaboutthestory.com, a start-up online marketplace for news stories and cartoons, is launching its first scholarship for NZ journalists.

The Allaboutthestory.com Media Scholarship aims to help build links between the media and web development communities in New Zealand and contribute towards greater depth in reporting on the web industry.

This February the scholar will attend one of New Zealand’s best known web conferences - Webstock –where they will have the opportunity to interview big names from overseas tech companies and fill their contact books with the good and great of New Zealand’s own web glitterati.

Allaboutthestory.com founder and managing editor Julie Starr says web-based businesses constitute a growing and important sector of the NZ economy and one that offers terrific promise for all kinds of companies - including media companies.

“Any way you look at it the future of the media is digital, and the more that journalists can learn about covering business online and operating online themselves, the better.

“This is a terrific opportunity for a journalist not only to learn more about the web and see examples of innovative journalism overseas, but also to interview some of the world’s most interesting online business people and researchers.

“UK data journalist David McCandless, who wrote ‘Information is Beautiful’, is one of the speakers this year. Data journalism and information graphics are a fast developing and fascinating area of online journalism and this is a great opportunity to learn more about how to do them well. I’d jump at this if I were a young journalist.”

Speakers at Webstock 2011 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, and Ruby on Rails luminary (and allaboutthestory.com co-founder) Michael Koziarski.

Applications close on January 30 2011 and journalists can email Julie@allaboutthestory.com for more information or visit the allaboutthestory.com blog.

CONTACT DETAILS

Julie Starr – managing editor and founder of allaboutthestory.com
Mobile: 021 828 568
Email: julie@allaboutthestory.com
Website: allaboutthestory.com
Scholarship details: evolvingnewsroom.co.nz/mediascholarship

THE SCHOLARSHIP AT A GLANCE

The Award

• Media registration for both days of the Webstock conference (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 with at least one Webstock speaker and the opportunity to mix and mingle with others.
• 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 your Webstock-related stories to
• how the scholarship would help you in your career
• why you’re the right person for the scholarship

Visit the allaboutthestory.com blog for eligibility details.







Allaboutthestory.com, a start-up online marketplace for news stories and cartoons, is launching its first scholarship for NZ journalists.

The Allaboutthestory.com Media Scholarship aims to help build links between the media and web development communities in New Zealand and contribute towards greater depth in reporting on the web industry.

This February the scholar will attend one of New Zealand’s best known web conferences - [Webstock](http://webstock.org.nz) – where they will have the opportunity to interview big names from overseas tech companies and fill their contact books with the good and great of New Zealand’s own web glitterati.

Allaboutthestory.com founder and managing editor Julie Starr says web-based businesses constitute a growing and important sector of the NZ economy and one that offers terrific promise for all kinds of companies - including media companies.

“Any way you look at it the future of the media is digital, and the more that journalists can learn about covering business online and operating online themselves, the better.

“This is a terrific opportunity for a journalist not only to learn more about the web and see examples of innovative journalism overseas, but also to interview some of the world’s most interesting online business people and researchers.

“UK data journalist David McCandless, who wrote ‘Information is Beautiful’, is one of the speakers this year. Data journalism and information graphics are a fast developing and fascinating area of online journalism and this is a great opportunity to learn more about how to do them well. I’d jump at this if I were a young journalist.”

[Speakers](http://www.webstock.org.nz/11/speakers/) at Webstock 2011 include co-founder of The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, Microsoft Research senior researcher danah boyd, co-founder of Tumblr and founder of Instapaper Marco Arment, data journalist David McCandless, and Ruby on Rails luminary (and allaboutthestory.com co-founder) Michael Koziarski.

Applications for the scholarship close on January 30 and journalists can email Julie@allaboutthestory.com or visit the [allaboutthestory.com blog](http://evolvingnewsroom.co.nz/media-scholarship) for more information on how to apply.

**CONTACT DETAILS**
Julie Starr – managing editor and founder of allaboutthestory.com
Mobile: 021 828 568
Email: julie@allaboutthestory.com
Website: [allaboutthestory.com](http://allaboutthestory.com)
Scholarship Details: [evolvingnewsroom.co.nz/mediascholarship](http://evolvingnewsroom.co.nz/media-scholarship)

**THE SCHOLARSHIP AT A GLANCE**
**The Award**
• Media registration for both days of the [Webstock](http://webstock.org.nz) conference (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 [Onya Awards 2011](http://www.onyas.org.nz/).

**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 your Webstock-related stories to
• how the scholarship would help you in your career
• why you’re the right person for the scholarship

Visit the [allaboutthestory.com blog](http://evolvingnewsroom.co.nz/media-scholarship) for eligibility details.