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 back on the airwaves

Three 2017 SJI students had the opportunity to speak about the program on KFRU Radio in Columbia, Mo. Check out what Illinois State grad Josh Tolentino, Missouri grad Colton Pouncy and Clemson graduate Kaila Burns-Heffner had to say about the 25th Class of the Institute. It was SJI's sixth visit to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The SJI… Read more →

Keep up with the Class of 2017

Follow the week's activities on Class of 2017 blog. Twitter: @SJI_Update 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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