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

2018 alum lands Beyonce scholarship

Allana Barefield, a 2018 SJI alum who is interning at the Tampa Bay Times, was selected as one of eight recipients of Beyonce's Homecoming Scholars Awards Program. The Homecoming Scholars Award program is a scholarship dedicated for historically black colleges and universities, which awards each student $25,000 for their studies. Time Magazine caught up with the 22-year old Xavier student,… Read more →

SJI at APSE

Three 2018 SJI graduates share their thoughts on the future of the industry, writes Reina Kempt for the APSE website. 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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