Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

Instructors and speakers help instill confidence

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be around sports. I didn’t know how I was going to get there, but I was sure I was going to do it. Then my senior year of high school came and Carlos Briano took the time to teach me how to take live stats. Midway through the game, I asked Mr. Briano, “how do I get there,” as I pointed to the press box. He recommended hard work and perseverance—and thus began my quest to work in sports.
My freshman year of college I found The Battalion and sought out Carter Karels, the sports editor at the time. When I told Carter I wanted to be on the sports desk but had been picked up by another desk he replied, “Come to the meeting Monday, you’ll get on sports.” This was my reaction.
Fast forward to now and, as an incoming senior, I get to talk to ESPN’s Lisa Salters and Heather Dinich—among others who are the best in the business—about how to make my dream become a reality. But until Tuesday, we had not heard much about the journey of our instructors, Greg Lee, Leon Carter and Sandy Rosenbush. They are some of the most selfless and humble people ever. They take time out of their busy lives to spend a week (and, early in the 25-year history of SJI, three weeks) to teach college students to be better journalists, taking a gamble on them just so they will succeed. Because of them (and few others like Doug Pils, Charean Williams and my parents), when I board my plane and head to Nashville to begin my internship, I will be just fine. And whatever my professional future may be, I’m confident I’ll have the tools to be successful.
–Angel Franco