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 300 graduates of the classroom/internship program since its founding in 1992 are a testament to our devotion to this goal. Learn more →

Latest news

Alum set to release book on Warriors superstar guard Steph Curry

1998 alum Marcus Thompson II’s new book, Golden, traces Steph Curry’s development from a small school standout at Davidson to a global phenomenon.

The Sports Journalism Institute is celebrating its 25th class this summer. Over the next few months we will feature the stories of some of the programs' alums, as told in the words of other SJI students in articles written for The SJI Bulletin as well as our website. Here we offer a look at 1998 alum Marcus Thompson, who is… Read more →

Meet the 25th Class of SJI

The Sports Journalism Institute is celebrating its 25th class in 2017. A group of four women and eight men make up the 25th edition, which will be in residence at the University of Missouri School of Journalism from May 26-June 3, 2017 with students moving on to internships around the country. The work experience that awaits them is as diverse… Read more →

Impact of SJI

Nick Creegan, On-Air Host at AOL, New York, NY

"SJI was one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling experiences of my life. I went in an amateur at AP style, writing on deadline and even staying on top of all current sports news. I left ready to take on my internship with confidence and later become one of the youngest daily sports show hosts in digital journalism."

Mariah Baylor, Manager For Multimedia Relations, Hampton University, VA

"I knew nothing before SJI. I learned what it takes to succeed in a fast-moving and ever evolving media industry. Scanning media outlets constantly to stay ahead of incoming news, as well as developing my network represent just a sliver of invaluable skills SJI engrained in my work ethic."

Ignacio Marquez, Production Assistant, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International

"SJI groomed me to become what I am today. The mentors I had there challenged me to become something more than an average human being. They prepared me for the adversity I was going to face as a young journalist and I believe I have overcome it."