May 23, 2021

Another virtual beginning: Class of 2021 launched

SJI Staff

The 2021 edition of the Sports Journalism Institute’s annual boot camp will once again be held virtually around the nation due to ongoing issues with the coronavirus.

Boot camp starts May 23 and we are again working with our partners at Arizona State University to roll out a robust curriculum. As always, we will include professional voices such as David Squires, Malcolm Moran, Michael Wilbon, Stephen A. Smith, Paola Boivin, Brett Kurland, Richard Deitsch, Lisa Wilson and Dr. Scott Brooks, plus SJI alum including Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Nick Creegan, Cam Wolfe and others.

"As much as we would have liked to return to in-person instruction, we wanted to remain cautious in our approach," said Gregory Lee, a co-director/alum of SJI and an assistant managing editor at The Boston Globe. "We learned a lot of lessons from the first virtual experience and we will look forward to a much stronger experience for our students and will hopefully carry that momentum back into the in-person experience as we celebrate the 30th class in 2022."

Students in the record class of 17 will move on to internships as health guidelines permit. Some may work from home, and some internships may be onsite but might move to a different time frame.

In preparation for boot camp, students have again been reporting on the state of the industry as well as doing profiles of newsmakers and blogging about their experiences. We will post links to some of their work during boot camp.

We also want to thank our many partners and sponsors, including ASU’s Cronkite School, APSE, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, AWSM, the Gannett Foundation, USA Today and its network of publications, and ESPN and the entire Disney family.

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