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

Alums become a part of history at the Washington Post

The Washington Post penned a Q & A with the four women who covers each major professional sports for the newspaper. Two of those women are SJI alums: Candace Buckner (2000) covers the Washington Wizards and Isabelle Khurshudyan (2013) covers the Washington Capitals. An excerpt from this piece. What advice do you have for women thinking of becoming sports reporters?… Read more →

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 →

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."