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 →

Latest news

Application for the 2020 Class now available

College students who want to pursue careers in sports journalism, the application for the 28th Class of the Sports Journalism Institute is now available. The deadline to submit your application is November 1st. The program runs in late May 2020 at Arizona State University with a bootcamp followed by paid internships (to be determined individually) at print, digital or electronic… Read more →

Alum named NABJ’s 2019 Student Journalist of the Year

Congratulations to alum Allana Barefield, who was named the National Association of Black Journalists 2019 Student Journalist of the Year. We are so proud of her and representing our program. The The Xavier University of Louisiana graduate is the second SJI alum to earn this honor. Tierra Smith was the first. Click here to see NABJ's release. 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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