Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

SJI Class of 2011

The Sports Journalism Institute announces the Class of 2011

Student / School / Internship
(Clockwise from the top left):

  • Sarah Kuta, Northwestern, Denver Post (AWSM scholar)
  • Ignacio Marquez, Cal-State Northridge, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Chris Torres, Hampton University, Palm Beach Post (Hampton/Scripps scholar)
  • Mike Martinez, University of Detroit Mercy,
  • Chaunte’l Powell, Hampton University, Asbury Park Press (Hampton/Scripps scholar)
  • Craig Malveaux, Loyola University of New Orleans, Houston Chronicle
  • Tariq Lee, Temple University, The Oklahoman
  • Elizabeth Torres, Emerson College, ESPN RISE
  • Patricia Lee, Duke University, ESPNW
  • Carron Phillips, Syracuse University, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Jay Lee, University of Illinois,

The 19th edition of SJI features a number of strides the program has made in extending its reach. For example:

  • For the first time SJI and the Association of Women in Sports Media (AWSM) join forces in selecting a student to participate in SJI.
  • SJI has expanded its partnership with ESPN and with a placement of a second student at each entity.

The result is a strong, rainbow-coalition-worthy class of seven men and four women — five African-Americans, three Hispanics, two Asian-Americans — who will be interns at seven APSE newspapers plus ESPNW, ESPN RISE and

Northwestern’s Sarah Kuta is the program’s first participant as the AWSM/SJI partnership.

“AWSM is excited to begin this partnership with the Sports Journalism Institute,” AWSM president Amy Moritz said. “We share the same desire to help create diversity in sports departments nationwide and believe one of the best ways to do that is through education and experience.”

SJI’s mission is — as it was when it was founded in 1992 — to add diversity to the nation’s sports media.

But in 2011, diversity means not just a diverse staff, but diverse forms of news delivery. As our industry changes and emphasizes electronic delivery, SJI has become a multiplatform institution, so that the interns who graduate from the program are fully trained to serve the needs of a changing sports media, one that relies on internet, video, tape and printed delivery of news.

This year, both ESPN and expanded participation by increasing their number of students from one to two.

“The quality of candidates from SJI is top notch and we expect no less when Elizabeth Torres and Patricia Lee begin their ESPN experience,” said Joe Franco, manager of university and diversity recruiting and relations at ESPN.

For the second straight year SJI assists APSE in its partnership with Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism. This year’s partnership also brings in two new newspaper partners — the Asbury Park Press and Palm Beach Post.

For the first time since 1994, SJI has a repeat performer as Tariq Lee not only returns to SJI, but he also returns to The Oklahoman.

Once again, SJI thanks its partners at the Asian-American Journalists Association (which selects one member of the class each year), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (which promotes our program in email newsletters to student members educators nationwide) and the National Association of Black Journalists (whose Sports Task Force chair Gregory Lee Jr is an SJI alum, and which faithfully promotes and works with SJI).

SJI also thanks APSE for its continued financial and advisory support, and Chicago Tribune Foundation for funding through the years.

Thanks also go to Kenny Irby, Roy Peter Clark and all the staff at the Poynter Institute, where the students will receive training this year, as they have for the past four summers.