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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Initial class laid foundation for SJI family

By Kendra Andrews Class of 2017 When 15 sports journalism students came together in a classroom at Norfolk State University in 1993, they knew they were on an unprecedented journey. The Sports Journalism Institute was a brand new program aimed at bringing more diversity into the field of sports journalism, and the first class couldn’t know the impact it would… Read more →

From reporter to columnist: Rankin reflects on his journey since being in the inaugural SJI class

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 1993 alum Duane Rankin. By Wilton… 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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