Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

Welcome to the Class of 2019

The Sports Journalism Institute is proud to announce its Class of 2019, a group of 14 college juniors and graduating seniors who represent the 27th class the institute has brought together.

The eight men and six women will be the first SJI class to be in residence for classes at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Classes will run from May 26-June 2, with students moving on to internships around the country.

The work experience that awaits them is as diverse as the class. ESPN, Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Kansas City Star, Denver Post and are just a few of the destinations. We will also have a trio of Gannett newspapers in Tennessee–the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Knoxville News Sentinel and The Tennessean. For the first time, Yahoo! Sports is also hosting a student.

“Never has the interest in SJI interns been greater than this year and never have the placements represented such a variety of journalistic opportunities,” Rosenbush said. “We look forward to taking advantage of the hands-on emphasis of the Cronkite School, as well as the local Phoenix coverage possibilities, to get this class ready for what lies ahead.”

During the week of boot camp at Arizona State, students will focus on live coverage experiences, with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Mercury among the local teams likely on the agenda. We also look forward to expanding our multi-media emphasis with the many hands-on opportunities that the Cronkite School of Journalism provides.

We also thank our previous hosts at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which was the site of the last seven boot camps and remains a part of our SJI family.

This year’s SJI class will also include two Arizona State students. SJI also has a partnership with the Scripps Foundation, which has a student in this year’s program.

Once again, SJI thanks its partners at the Asian-American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists (whose past president is Gregory Lee Jr. a 1994 SJI alum who faithfully promotes and works with SJI and helps run the boot camp). SJI also thanks its sponsors, including APSE,, ESPN, Disney and our newest partner, the Gannett Foundation.

With the help of these partners and funders (new and old), we’ve added roughly 350 women and minorities to the staffs of the nation’s sports media since our founding in 1992.

The Class of 2019

Frank Bonner
Graduate Student
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Kansas City Star

Madisen Carter
Arizona State University
Gannett – Phoenix

Damichael Cole
University of Tennessee
Sports Illustrated

Elizabeth Finny
Duke University

Sierra Galanza
University of Tennessee

Eric He
University of Southern California
Southern California News Group

Jeremiah (J.L.) Kirven
Scripps Foundation Scholar
Detroit Free Press

Clevis Murray
Suffolk University

Daniel Oyefusi
University of Maryland at College Park
Commercial Appeal

Justin Parham
Graduate Student
Arizona State
Gannett Nashville

Ariana Taylor
Michigan State
Knoxville News Sentinel

Alanis Thames
University of Florida
Yahoo! Sports

Parth Upadhyaya
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Denver Post

Arianna Vedia
University of Texas at Arlington
Houston Chronicle