Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

The Sports Journalism Institute is a non-profit whose mission is to increase the diversity in the nation’s sports media from the ground up. The roughly 350 graduates of the classroom/internship program since its founding in 1992 are a testament to our devotion to this goal. Learn more →

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Alums pay tribute to co-founder Rosenbush

Tributes to 2019 Red Smith Award winner Sandy Rosenbush from some of her former Sports Journalism Institute students: The one thing Sandy has consistently done is stayed in touch with SJI alumni and it’s not just to be doing it. She knows where you are, what you’ve been doing and expresses her support of what you’re doing. And she’ll also… Read more →

Rosenbush shares Red Smith Award with SJI Family

(Courtesy By Jenni Carlson ATLANTA — Sandy Rosenbush wasn’t prepared for the tears. Back in 1993, she and Leon Carter started the Sports Journalism Institute. The inaugural class of college students met for nearly three weeks of intensive training early that summer, then fanned out across the country to do internships. Rosenbush and Carter had plans and schedules and… Read more →

Impact of SJI

James Wagner, New York Yankees beat reporter, The New York Times

"I didn't study journalism in college, nor could I, so programs such as the Sports Journalism Institute formed my essential training in the profession. The mentors helped prepare me for my internships and, eventually, my future jobs. I made lifelong friends and connections through the program. I'm a better sports journalist today because of SJI."

Rachel Bachman, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

"Every young reporter deserves what SJI gave me: a boot camp for honing skills and deadline writing, daily tests of sports knowledge old and current, and a nationwide family of journalists you know will always have your back. "

Candace Buckner, Washington Wizards reporter, The Washington Post

"If it wasn't for SJI, I wouldn't be where I am right now. Period. The program not only shifted the course of my career -- I was a broadcast journalism major in search of a TV career before I saw the light after my SJI internship -- but it instilled in me the confidence that I can make it in this business. Even after leaving the program, you stay part of the family and my SJI mentors (David, Greg, Leon and Sandy) have offered guidance and advice throughout my 15 years as a reporter. This program was my launching pad and I'll forever be grateful and proud to be an SJI alum."

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