The Sports Journalism Institute (SJI) is a nine week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. The Institute is designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide.
The SJI works with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
To apply for the 2017 Sports Journalism Institute, go to http://bit.ly/2clzd1p.
Several SJI alums discussed their experience in the program and how it has helped them in the media industry.
Nick Creegan, a 2012 SJI alum, recently accepted a position with FOX Sports 1, where he will work as a senior associate producer of original shows and content as well as do Facebook Live content.
Creegan said SJI truly helped him get his foot in the door of the media industry.
“SJI definitely prepared me for success in the business,” Creegan said. “I already knew what to expect out of any newsroom before I even got there.”
Before moving to FOX, Creegan worked as an on-air host for AOL.com.
Jaylon Thompson, a 2015 SJI alum, said the program helped him to improve his ability to tell stories.
“SJI taught me how to tell stories through real voices,” Thompson said. “This has helped me attract readers in ways I did not know imaginable.”
Currently, Thompson is a senior digital and broadcast journalism student at the University of Georgia.
Malika Andrews, a 2016 student of the SJI, said the program elevated her game and put her in a place to be noticed.
“Through SJI and my 10-week internship, I gained the writing skills and mentorship that has put me in a place where, when I graduate, I’ll be ready for a job in such a competitive field,” Andrews said.
Andrews is a senior communication studies student at the University of Portland.
For more information about the program and the alumni of the program, visit http://bit.ly/2fj9nXP.