Colorado journalists, web developers and technical specialists outside the Denver metro area are eligible to apply for travel grants up to $500 to attend Colorado Migrahack September 27-28 at the University of Denver, thanks to support from PEN America.
Decisions will be made on a rolling basis; a total of $1,500 is available. To apply, please fill out this short application.
Bringing together a collaboration of journalists, data crunchers, web developers and designers, Colorado Migrahack is a two-day hackathon for participants to work on data-driven approaches to elevate public consciousness surrounding immigration issues. Read five reasons why journalists should attend Migrahack and about the resources they'll find there:
Why is this work so important? Migrahack organizer and DU Media Professor Lynn Schofield Clark explains:
Journalists need to have the space to develop relationships with members of communities of which they are not a part: not instrumental but authentic, real relationships. And members of community organizations may need to set skepticism aside and openly work to get to know the journalists, data scientists, and others who express interest in them and in their work.
Registration is open for the Colorado Migrahack between now and September 20. The event is free for participants.
About PEN America
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
Support for Colorado Migrahack is made possible by PEN America's Press Freedom Incentive Fund, an ongoing initiative providing support for writers, journalists, and local media outlets that are actively defending a free, independent, and robust press here in the United States. You can learn more about the Fund, and how to apply, online at pen.org.