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SJI celebrates No. 25 in style

SJI 25th Year Anniversary Final Video from Wilton Jackson on Vimeo. The celebration of the 25th Class of the Sports Journalism Institute reflected on the organization’s roots and celebrated its accomplishments at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in… Read more →

Smith’s pursuit of mastering his fate and helping others become the captain of their soul

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. Here we offer a look at 1995 alum Sekou Smith. By Hayden Kim… Read more →

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… 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… Read more →

24th Edition of the Bulletin

The 25th Class of the Sports Journalism Institute produced the 24th edition of the APSE Bulletin, the publication of the Associated Press Sports Editors Summer Conference. Please download 2017 Bulletin Read more →

Going coastal: Holmes finds home in LA at ESPN

By Colton Pouncy Class of 2017 Baxter Holmes remembers sitting in math class during his sophomore year of high school, casually paying attention to the lesson being taught that day, when a visitor knocked on the door and walked into… Read more →

Alums to gather at NABJ for ‘best advice’ forum

By Kellen Becoats Class of 2017 The first class of Sports Journalism Institute students bonded at a boot camp at Norfolk State University, then headed to New Orleans to continue their education by covering the Associated Press Sports Editors convention.… Read more →

Class of 2009: Taylor’s star shines in Indy

Josh Tolentino Class of 2017 Nate Taylor compared his career to making the jump from the minors to the big league. "I didn't have a specific plan in place," said Taylor, a Sports Journalism Institute Class of 2009 alumnus. "… Read more →

SJI skills pass tests in non-sports careers

By DeArbea Walker Class of 2017 Pitching stories, cultivating relationships and writing well are not skills exclusive to journalists. They are equally important to public relations professionals. “When you're a reporter and when you're a journalist … you need to… Read more →

Lifestyle, diverse skill-set key in jump from reporter to editor

By Khari Thompson SJI Class of 2017 At the beginning of his career, Oklahoman Assistant Sports Editor Darnell Mayberry wanted to work in television. He figured the best way to achieve his goal was to secure a job as a… Read more →

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