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The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is accepting applications for its 2017-18 class of O'Brien Fellows. The deadline to apply is Jan. 26, 2018.
This is a reporting fellowship. If you are looking for a sabbatical, this is not the program for you. O’Brien Fellows will return to their newsrooms after an academic year with a world-class project and a paid Marquette student intern for summer immediately following the fellowship. Once selected each fellow must agree to:
Applicants must have at least five years professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may work as journalists for news or editorial departments of newspaper, wire services, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. There are no academic prerequisites.
Applications from international journalists are welcome, but they must meet the same qualifications as journalists based in the United States. However, due to the competiveness of the O’Brien Fellowship award, international applicants must demonstrate extensive experience reporting and telling stories from countries other than their own.
An advisory committee consisting of distinguished journalists and Marquette faculty and alumni will review all applications for O’Brien fellowships. The committee will offer recommendations to the dean of the Diederich College of Communication for final selection.
We provide space below 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 us to view your materials online and is how we prefer to receive them.
If you are unable to send us a link to your materials, you may email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "O’Brien Application Materials: Your Name."
As a last resort, we will accept physical copies of materials at the mailing address below. These materials won't be returned to you. Please call us before sending them.
Contact us at any time during the application process.
Your resume should list all relevant professional work experience and education, including start and end dates.
NOTE: Total file sizes must equal less than 20 MB. If your upload files total more, the form will not be submitted and you will be asked to upload smaller files.
O’Brien Fellows come to Marquette ready to work on a public service journalism project, with an emphasis on affecting change. In 1,000 words or less, tell us about the project you propose to have published or broadcast by your home news organization once completed. Given that one of our goals is giving Diederich College students first-hand multimedia experience, can you imagine opportunities for integrating them into your project? How do you propose sharing your work with the public? A series of stories? An hour-long documentary? If you are self-employed or a freelancer, how would the public see your work?
NOTE: Please begin your proposal by summarizing it in no more than 15 words.
In 1,000 words or less, tell us a few things about yourself. For example, you might tell us why and how did you become a journalist? Or what appeals to you about public service journalism? What makes you ready for an academic-year fellowship now? You might tell us why you are applying for the O’Brien Fellowship instead of one at another university? What appeals to you about being in an academic setting for nine to 10 months?
Please link to a 300-word biographical summary for promotional materials if selected.
Please provide examples demonstrating your professional abilities. All samples must include the date published or broadcast. It is your responsibility to ensure that any URLs you provide work properly. No samples submitted will be returned. You may submit either:
NOTE: You may choose to submit a combination of any of the above. If you do, be selective. More is not necessarily better. Describe any features of the work that makes any of this unique – without, of course, repeating what might already be in your proposal or personal statement.
NOTE: If you are a journalist in an editing or managerial position, please include a link to a document that is 500 words or less describing your job responsibilities and how you carry them out. Please also provide specifics about your impact on the journalism generated under your supervision – presumably included as part of your application – and what motivates you.
Please lists any awards, fellowships or certificates that you have received and believe advances your application. You may also include any relevant links.
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for your application to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure that your recommenders submit their letters by the application deadline. Each recommender should explain their relationship to you and your potential to complete the public service journalism you propose to do while at Marquette University.
NOTE: One of your three (3) recommendations should come from someone (editor, managing editor, news director, etc.) from your media company who has the authority to state that:
NOTE: If you are self-employed or a freelancer, then:
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