Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, is offering to pay the tuition for hackers who want to turn themselves into hacks . "Are you a skilled programmer or Web developer? Are you interested in applying your talents to the challenge of creating a better-informed society? Do you want to learn how to find, analyze and present socially relevant information that engages media audiences?" More to the point, is your startup running short on funding? The official deadline has passed, but the school takes late applications on a space-available basis. Quick, grab this alternative financing before Ted Dziuba, the supremely sarcastic Pressflip cofounder who has a column in The Register , snaps it up.