September 29, 2007

TIME OUT: Sweet Sixteen!

From NAHJ:

Sports Journalism Institute accepts applications for 16th class

SJI is a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers.

SJI, which includes involvement from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is funded by the Tribune Foundation, Hearst Newspapers/Houston Chronicle, Associated Press Sports Editors and the New York Daily News.

Administrators of this program hope it will help to enhance the racial and gender diversity of sports departments at print-related newsrooms nationwide.

SJI runs May 29 - June 8, 2008.

Students selected for the 2008 Sports Journalism Institute receive:

  • A crash course in sports journalism at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. May 29 – June 9. Working professionals in daily sports journalism along with staff from the Poynter Institute for Journalism offer sessions ranging from ethics to photo editing to how to keep a running score at a baseball game to copy editing. SJI covers travel and room expenses.
  • A paid eight-week internship in a daily newspaper sports department from June 9 – Aug. 3, 2008.
  • A $500 scholarship for students returning to college.

SJI will select at least 12 student journalists. Ideally, the applicants should be college sophomores, juniors or seniors. Candidates must demonstrate academic achievement, interest in sports journalism as a career and excellence on the application essay.


  • A current college transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation.A professional-style photo (head shot)
  • Up to seven writing samples or clips (photocopied on 8 ½ by 11-inch paper)
  • An essay of no more than 500 words stating why he or she should be selected.


Download the application in PDF here or in MS Word here

For more information contact:
Gregory Lee
The Boston Globe