O'Brien Fellowship In Public Service Journalism
Backed by the resources of Marquette University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O’Brien fellows will spend nine months researching, reporting and writing the stories they care most deeply about — stories with the potential to change policies and improve lives. This fully funded fellowship allows newsroom professionals to do the best work of their careers on issues of vital importance while they also mentor the next generation of journalists.
During the Fellowship, the fellows will:
- Research and produce an in-depth public service journalism project, to be published or broadcast to the public by the fellows’ home news organizations.
- Integrate students from the Diederich College of Communication into their projects as reporters and assistants, giving them first-hand experience in public service journalism.
- Partner with the Journal Sentinel as they wish and have access to its journalists, staff, data and various investigative and presentation resources.
- Become immersed in the Marquette community and culture to benefit from and participate in the college experience, including having access to university faculty and scholars, guest lecturing or speaking at classes and events across the university, and auditing classes.
- Help to identify a student collaborator for a university-sponsored summer internship at his or her home news organization.
Additional Outcomes of the Fellowship
- Heightening awareness and understanding of an important issue of our time.
- Helping to motivate and inform legislative, civil or societal change.
- Teaching and mentoring Marquette journalism students as tomorrow’s journalists, steeped in the importance of servant leadership through their profession.
- Reinforcing the principles of self-governance and self-accountability among students.
- Participating in a conference spotlighting the work of each fellowship project – at an event the Diederich College will produce and host.
Thank you for your interest in applying to the O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism program. The application is now live.
We will begin accepting completed applications for our 2020-21 class on Dec. 1, 2019. The deadline for applications is Jan. 20, 2020.
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. See the Our Work section of our website for examples of the journalism produced by past fellows.
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.
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.
Stipend and Benefits
A stipend of $65,000 for nine months for your salary, paid to your sponsoring organization, or directly to the fellow in the case of independent journalists.
- A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area for the duration of the fellowship: up to $4,000 for a single, married or partnered fellow, up to $6,000 for a fellow with one child, up to $7,000 for a fellow with two children, up to $8,000 for a fellow with three or more children. Fellows submit rent receipts from the rental property owner.
- A moving allowance based on family size and distance. The allowance, covering the move to and from Milwaukee, ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 in total. (Fellows from the Milwaukee metropolitan area are not eligible for a moving allowance.)
- A travel and research allowance up to $8,000. This covers project-related travel as well as technology, data and document costs and equipment needs.
- Employee benefits continue to be paid by the fellow’s employer, where applicable. Please contact us if you have questions on this.
- Fellows and their spouses are eligible during the fellowship for tuition remission (up to seven credits) for courses offered by Marquette University.
Selection and Criteria
A proposal to produce a rigorous, multimedia public service journalism project with the potential to have 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 ability to integrate Marquette students as part of a reporting team.
The capacity to ensure the greatest possible exposure for the reporting once completed.
An advisory committee consisting of distinguished journalists and Marquette faculty and alumni will interview candidates for O’Brien fellowships in Feb. 2020 from a pool of finalists recommended by College of Communication journalism faculty.
Following those interviews, the advisory committee will send a list of recommended fellows to the dean of the Diederich College of Communication for final review.
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