Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

Class of 2013

The Class of 2013 at the Negro League Baseball Museum


The Sports Journalism Institute is set to welcome its 20th anniversary class this summer in Columbia, Mo. A group of six men and six women (four African-Americans, four Latinos, three white females and one Asian-American) make up the Class of 2013, which will be in residence at the University of Missouri School of Journalism from May 31-June 8, after which students will move on to internships around the country.

The work experience that awaits the Class of 2013 is as diverse as the class, with interns placed at APSE-member newspapers as well as and This year, the Washington Times and Richmond Times Dispatch will each host an intern chosen through APSE’s partnership with Scripps Howard, which provides students with a stipend that pays their summer expenses.

Last year, SJI and Missouri began a partnership in which SJI students will work out of the Missouri print and digital newsroom for their boot camp, and the university will nominate a Missouri Scholar to the institute each year. This year Missouri has two students, Missouri Scholar Martenzie Johnson and Caitlin Swieca, who was chosen the Association for Women in Sports Media Scholar.

“The Association for Women in Sports Media is thrilled to continue our partnership with SJI and our shared mission of promoting newsroom diversity,” said Lindsay Jones, AWSM intern coordinator. “Our past SJI interns have arrived at their internships with a head start on their summers through SJI’s invaluable training program.”

“We had a great time last summer with the SJI class in the newsroom,” said Greg Bowers, associate professor and sports editor, Columbia Missourian. “We’re definitely looking forward to doing it again.”

Once again, SJI thanks its partners at the Asian-American Journalists Association (which select 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), the National Association of Black Journalists (whose President is Gregory Lee Jr. a 1994 SJI alum, and which faithfully promotes and works with SJI) and founding partner APSE.

As SJI prepares to turn 20, we thank our funders and partners (old and new), including APSE, the Chicago Tribune Foundation, ESPN,, the National Football League, Investors Savings and the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. With their help, we’ve added roughly 250 women and minorities to the staffs of the nation’s sports media.

The Class of 2013

(picture above in alphabetical order from top left to right)

Brandon Theo Dorsey, Hampton University, sophomore

Washington Times

Rebecca Fitzgerald, State University of New York at Geneseo, junior

Kansas City Star

Erica A. Hernandez, University of Florida, sophomore

Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)

Martenzie Johnson, University of Missouri-Columbia, graduate student

Isabelle Khurshudyan, University of South Carolina, junior

Alvaro Ignacio Montaño, University of Houston, senior.

Los Angeles Daily News

Kelly Parsons, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, senior

Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

Alex Riggins, San Diego State University, senior

Salt Lake Tribune

Caitlin Swieca, University of Missouri at Columbia, junior

Denver Post

Christian Trevino, University of Maryland, College Park, senior

Andrew Valderas, University of Houston, junior

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rhiannon Walker, University of Maryland, College Park, sophomore