Meet The Class of 2015

The Sports Journalism Institute is set to welcome another class of students to the family as we prepare for bootcamp this summer in Columbia, Mo.

A group of three women and eight men make up the Class of 2015, which will be in residence at the University of Missouri School of Journalism from May 29-June 5, with students moving on to internships around the country.

The work experience that awaits them is as diverse as the class, with interns placed at APSE-member newspapers from coast to coast, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and MLB.com.

This year, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review will host an intern chosen through APSE’s partnership with Scripps Howard, which provides students with a stipend that pays their summer expenses.

“I have worked closely with Greg (Lee) and Sandy (Rosenbush) when the Scripps Howard Foundation became involved,” said former APSE President Phil Kaplan. “I was fortunate to have a member of the SJI Class of 2014 in my sports department. Avery Jennings was a valuable addition during the summer months he was here. Congratulations to the 23rd class.”

In 2012, SJI and Missouri began a partnership in which SJI students will work out of the Missouri print and digital newsroom for their boot camp.

“Obviously SJI is a valuable group and we’re glad to be able to host them here at the University of Missouri,” said Greg Bowers, sports editor of the Columbia Missourian. “But the truth is we get more than we give. Each year, the SJI students bring their intelligence and experiences to our newsroom. And I think everyone leaves enriched.”

SJI also has a partnership with the Association for Women in Sports Media. This year’s AWSM scholar Ashley Scoby of the University of Kentucky will intern at Sports Illustrated.

Once again, SJI thanks its partners at the Asian-American Journalists Association (which selects one member of the class each year), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (which promotes our program in email newsletters to student members educators nationwide) and the National Association of Black Journalists (whose immediate past president is Gregory Lee Jr. a 1994 SJI alum, and which faithfully promotes and works with SJI). SJI also thanks its sponsors, including ESPN, APSE, MLB.com, USA Today and the National Football League.

As SJI turns 23, we thank our funders and partners (old and new). With their help, we’ve added roughly 275 women and minorities to the staffs of the nation’s sports media.

“We are excited about the next crop of students who will be able to learn more about our profession in our bootcamp and look forward to them applying what they have learned into their summer internship,” said Lee, who is executive sports editor of the South Florida SunSentinel.

The Class of 2015

Chris Bumbaca, Sophomore, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Sophomore
Kansas City Star

Michelle Fenelon, Senior, University of Massachusetts at Boston
South Florida SunSentinel

Wilton Jackson, Senior, University of Southern Mississippi
ESPN

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Senior, Northeastern University
USA Today

Colby Lanham, Junior, Clemson University
MLB.com

Alex Nieves.Senior, Occidental College
Los Angeles News Group

Vincent Pena,Senior, Northern Arizona
Salt Lake Tribune

Ashley Scoby, AWSM Scholar, Senior
University of Kentucky
Sports Illustrated

Jaylon Thompson, Sophomore, University of Georgia
Houston Chronicle

Alysha Tsuji, AAJA Scholar, Senior, Pepperdine
MLB.com

Wynston Wilcox, Scripps Howard Scholar, Sophomore, Ohio University
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Cameron Wolfe, Senior, University of Houston
Denver Post

Chris Bumbaca

Chris Bumbaca

Cameron Wolfe

Cameron Wolfe

Ashley Scoby

Ashley Scoby

Alysha Tsuji

Alysha Tsuji

Zolan Kohn Youngs

Zolan Kanno-Youngs

Wilton Jackson

Wilton Jackson

Wynston Wilcox

Wynston Wilcox

Vincent Pena

Vincent Pena

Alex Nieves

Alex Nieves

Michelle Freelon

Michelle Fenelon

Jaylon Thompson

Jaylon Thompson

Colby Lanham

Colby Lanham

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