The O'Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism

The O'Brien Fellowship sponsors an annual award through ASNE, the American Society of News Editors.

The O’Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism recognizes public service reporting that helps solve community or societal issues, leading to changes in laws, regulations or other demonstrated results.

Stories from a two-year period can be entered. The cash prize is $2,500. Winners visit Marquette to present their work.

For more information on entry rules, see the ASNE awards page.

Award Winners

Marina Walker GuevaraThe 2017 award went to the Panama Papers reporting team. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, together with the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other media partners, spent a year sifting through 11.5 million leaked files to expose the offshore holdings of world political leaders, links to global scandals, and details of the hidden financial dealings of fraudsters, drug traffickers, billionaires, celebrities, sports stars and more, according to the ICIJ.

Marina Walker Guevara explained the project in a Sept. 19, 2017 speech at Marquette.