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 →

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SJI celebrates No. 25 in style

SJI 25th Year Anniversary Final Video from Wilton Jackson on Vimeo. The celebration of the 25th Class of the Sports Journalism Institute reflected on the organization’s roots and celebrated its accomplishments at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans. SJI started its program by hosting a workshop entitled “What Every Young Sports Journalist Should Know”, moderated by… Read more →

Smith’s pursuit of mastering his fate and helping others become the captain of their soul

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. Here we offer a look at 1995 alum Sekou Smith. By Hayden Kim Class of 2016 Few journalists have better people skills than Sekou Smith. Just ask anyone who has ever worked with… Read more →

Impact of SJI

James Wagner, New York Mets 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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