October 14, 2020

Class of 2021 application deadline extended

SJI Staff

Note: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. EST.

No exceptions.

The deadline for applications to be part of the Sports Journalism Institute’s Class of 2021 is fast approaching. Applications and all supporting material must be submitted online by Nov. 2, so act now.

Go fill out the application. Before starting, be sure you have the items that will need to be uploaded with the completed application. They are:

-- 2 letters of recommendation

-- links to no more than seven web or video stories

-- your most recent college transcript

-- personal essay explaining why you should be chosen (no more than 500 words)

-- professional quality headshot/bio image (minimum 400px X 400 px)

Students must be currently enrolled in a college or university to apply. Graduate students are eligible, as are seniors who graduate in spring 2021 (winter 2020 graduates are not eligible).

Students selected for the program will attend a boot camp on May 22-29, 2021. Arizona State University’s Cronkite School hosts the boot camp, and students will attend classes and do a variety of deadline assignments, including game coverage, that week. Bootcamp may move to an online-only format (which was used in 2020) if issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic make in-person classes impractical.

“This is one of the best sports internships in the country,” said Leon Carter, co-founder of SJI and a vice president at ESPN. “The rigorous boot camp is tough, but you emerge as a better journalist.”

SJI was founded in 1992 and welcomed its first class in 1993.

After boot camp, students move on to paid internships. Recent hosts include ESPN, USA Today, The Tennessean, Knoxville News Sentinel, Kansas City Star, Denver Post, Houston Chronicle and SI.

The program has more than 350 alums, including Marcus Thompson and Kendra Andrews (among others) who write for The Athletic; Heather Dinich, Malika Andrews, Ohm Youngmisuk, Paul Gutierrez and Cameron Wolfe (among others) of ESPN; and Rachel Bachman of The Wall Street Journal. A dozen graduates work for Gannett, including Jaime Cardenas, Gannett’s chief social strategist; Chris Bumbaca of USA Today and Duane Rankin at the Arizona Republic. Jonathan Abrams and Zolan Kanno-Youngs are reporters at The New York Times.

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