Investigative Reporting Fellow
The O'Brien Fellowship In Public Service Journalism is accepting applications for remote or in-residence fellows this year.
O'Brien pays the salary of reporters for nine months as they pursue an in-depth reporting project for your news organization.
The Fellowship, based at Marquette University, has paid for and helped deliver high-impact investigative and explanatory series for news organizations in Pittsburgh, Naples, Cedar Rapids, Norfolk, Boston, Portland, Baltimore, Phoenix, Seattle, Milwaukee and elsewhere.
O’Brien selects several reporters and projects a year in a competitive process, pays $70,000 for nine months toward salary, and provides funds for travel, training, housing and research.
Bonus: After the fellowship, O’Brien sends a university-funded intern to each fellow’s organization.
Former Journal Sentinel investigative reporter Dave Umhoefer, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is director of the fellowship.
Application deadline and information:
Accepting applications Dec. 1, 2020 through Jan. 23, 2021. For more information see our homepage and application page. The fellowship starts in mid-August and ends in mid-May.
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.
* A stipend of $70,000 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.
* 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.
Contact information: Dave Umhoefer, Director, O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, Johnston Hall, 102, 1131 W. Wisconsin Ave., firstname.lastname@example.org, (414) 288-5956.