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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Reflections from the Class of 2019

Some students share their experiences from a productive week of sports checks, deadline writing and a plethora of guest speakers while at Arizona State University. The Sports Journalism Institute Bootcamp pushed me in ways that I didn’t think I could be driven in a week. I had been warned by alums of the program, but to experience it myself was… Read more →

A thirst for knowledge in the desert

Before May 26, 14 students from around the country had no idea what they were getting into for seven days at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Dozens of sports checks and a few deadline stories later, the Class of 2019 found out what it would be like as a student going through SJI's 27th Bootcamp. Student… 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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