The Sports Journalism Institute is a nine week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. The Institute is designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide.
The Sports Journalism Institute works with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). Our funders and partners include Associated Press Sports Editors, MLB.com, Disney, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Our graduates work in print, digital and television outlets around the country. Here are a few examples:
- Stephanie Storm, Class of 1993, reporter, Akron Beacon Journal
- Rachel Bachman, Class of 1994, reporter, The Wall Street Journal
- Paul Gutierrez, Class of 1994, NFL reporter, ESPN
- Gregory Lee, Class of 1994, Director, editorial, NBA.com
- Darren Everson, Class of 1995, sports reporter, Wall Street Journal
- Marcus Thompson, Class of 1998, Columnist, Bay Area Newspaper Group
- Graham Watson, Class of 2002, blogger, Yahoo!Sports
- Andrew Lawrence, Class of 2003, reporter, Sports Illustrated
- Jonathan Abrams, Class of 2004, sports reporter, Bleacher Reporter
The experience includes:
- Eight weeks of professional experience at a paid internship in the sports department of a newsroom.
- A $500 scholarship upon successful completion of the program for students returning to college.
Ten student journalists will be selected. Ideally, applicants should be college sophomores or juniors. Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated interest in sports journalism as a career and excellence on the required essay.
Eligibility is not limited to journalism majors.
Applicants Should Submit these five items:
- A current college transcript
- Two letters of recommendation
- A professional-style photo (head shot)
- Up to seven writing samples or clips (photocopied on 8½ by 11-inch paper)
- An essay of no more than 500 words stating why he or she should be selected
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
For more information, contact: Gregory Lee, NBA.com, firstname.lastname@example.org