O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
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Reporting Fellow

Post Date:Dec 13, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:August 17,2020Salary:$65,000
Location: United States - Wisconsin - Milwaukee Job Reference:
Job Description:

News Reporting Fellowship

Consider a full-time investigative project supported by $65,000 in salary for nine months, plus travel and housing stipends.

The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism takes applications from Dec. 1 - Jan. 20 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Reporters from around the country have used the O’Brien Fellowship to produce great investigative projects annually since 2013. Their journalism has examined deaths of mentally ill inmates in America’s jails, overlooked stumbling blocks facing schools, exploitation of undocumented workers, national homicide trends, a failed mental health system, the dangers of diacetyl, climate change, and more.

Reporters take up residence in Milwaukee, travel as needed, and write from offices in the O’Brien suite in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. They are supported by student researchers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and faculty. 

The fellowship starts in mid-August and ends in mid-May, running 9 months.

For more information see the O’Brien website, application page and contact O’Brien Director David Umhoefer via email (david.umhoefer@marquette.edu), text (414) 550-3893 or phone (414) 288-5956.


Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may have experience with newspapers, radio, television, online publications, film production, podcasts, wire services, or magazines of general interest. There are no academic prerequisites.

Selection criteria:
* A proposal to produce a rigorous, multimedia journalism project with the potential to have major impact and identify responses to social problems.
* The capacity to fully integrate, mentor and coach Marquette journalism students assigned to your project.
* 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 review all applications. The committee will offer recommendations to the dean of the College of Communication for final selection.

* A stipend of $65,000 paid over nine months.
* An allowance of up to $4,000 for reporting travel and another $4,000 for technology, research and equipment for project-related expenses.
* A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
* A moving allowance between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on family size and distance.

* Indicate you saw this position on JournalismNext.com when applying.

Contact Information
Marquette University, O'Brien Fellowship
David Umhoefer
P.O.Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
United States
Ph: 4142885956
Email/URL: https://www.marquette.edu/obrien-fellowship/application.php

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