Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

It’s all about belonging—and we do

Aaron Reiss of the Kansas City Star opened SJI with a Q&A session about how to make the most of our time in Columbia and at our internships.

What stuck out most to me was to be confident in my skills and the notion that I belong. It is easy to get stuck in the mindset that I am not capable of doing great work or that I do not belong to work alongside some of the professionals. That’s not true, though. I was hired for a reason and if I am willing to grind and take risks, there is the opportunity for success wherever I go.

Yes, plenty of reporters have more experience than I do but they were once beginners too. I can be great just like they are now, I just have to get started.

–Jadyn Watson-Fisher