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 350 graduates of the classroom/internship program since its founding in 1992 are a testament to our devotion to this goal. Learn more →

Latest news

2020 SJI Boot Camp going virtual

The 2020 edition of the Sports Journalism Institute’s annual “boot camp” will offer a different experience for students, instructors and speakers. The class will live in the virtual world, with instruction all online, via Zoom, because of ongoing issues surrounding the coronavirus. Boot camp will run the week of June 1 and we are again working with our partners at… Read more →

Introducing the SJI Class of 2020

The Sports Journalism Institute is proud to announce its Class of 2020, a group of 16 college students who represent the 28th class the institute has brought together. The 12 men and four women will be the second SJI class to attend boot camp at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Boot camp will run May 30-June… Read more →

Impact of SJI

James Wagner, New York Yankees 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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