December 10, 2019

Introducing the SJI Class of 2020

SJI Staff

The Sports Journalism Institute is proud to announce its Class of 2020, a group of 16 college students who represent the 28th class the institute has brought together.
The 12 men and four women will be the second SJI class to attend boot camp at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Boot camp will run May 30-June 7, with students moving on to internships around the country afterward.

The work experience that awaits them is as diverse as the class. ESPN, USA Today, Yahoo! Sports, Kansas City Star, Denver Post, Sports Illustrated 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.

“Our first year at Arizona State was everything boot camp should be–great colleagues, fantastic facilities and multiple live sports coverage opportunities within a short walk of our classroom,” SJI co-director Sandy Rosenbush said. “Add to that the visits and Skype sessions from professionals in the Phoenix area as well as around the country and it’s an experience unlike any other. We can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2020 to the SJI family.”

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 offers.

Once again, SJI thanks its partners at the Asian-American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Association for Women in the Sports Media, 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 the Gannett Foundation, USA Today Sports Network, ESPN, Disney and APSE.

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.

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