Deadline: January 20, 2020
Applications for the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism 2020/2021 are now open. O’Brien Fellows spend nine months reporting stories with the power to compel change. Backed by Marquette University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O’Brien helps news professionals dig deep while mentoring student journalists.
This is a reporting fellowship. If you are looking for a sabbatical, this is not the program for you. O’Brien fellows will leave after an academic year with a world-class project on a topic of state, regional, national or international interest.
Fellows are expected to:
- Work and travel from a home base in the O’Brien suite in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fellows live in Milwaukee.
- Mentor and team with top Marquette journalism students in the pursuit of an investigative or explanatory journalism project.
As an O’Brien Fellow, you will have the chance to:
- Report and produce an in-depth public service journalism project on a regional, national or international topic.
- Receive a $65,000 salary stipend and additional support.
- Work from the new O’Brien suite at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication near downtown Milwaukee and the Lake Michigan shore.
- Publish or broadcast the project through your home news organization or, in the case of independent journalists, another outlet.
- Integrate Marquette’s best journalism students into your projects as reporters and researchers.
- Help identify a journalism student for a university-funded summer internship at your organization after the fellowship.
- Tap into training in advanced investigative reporting skills such as data analysis.
- Applicants should have at least five years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer.
- Applicants may be connected to print operations, radio, television, websites, podcasts, online publications, wire services, or magazines of general public interest. There are no academic prerequisites.
- Applications from international journalists are welcome.
- A proposal to produce a rigorous, multimedia public service journalism project with the potential to have a major impact, lead to significant reform, and investigate and explain how individuals and groups can identify creative solutions to social problems.
- The ability to complete the project during the fellowship using Milwaukee as your primary home.
- The capacity to ensure the greatest possible exposure for the reporting once completed.
There are three methods of application:
- Method 1 (Preferred): They provide space in their official online application form for you to link to your supporting files from a file sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, or from your personal or company’s website. This allows the organizers to view your materials online.
- Method 2: If you are unable to send them a link to your materials, you may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “O’Brien Application Materials: Your Name.”
- Method 3: As a last resort, they will accept physical copies of materials at the mailing address on the official website. These materials won’t be returned to you.
For more information, visit O’Brien Fellowship.