*The application process for the 2014 Sports Journalism Institute Internship through AAJA is now closed*
Apply now for the 2014 Sports Journalism Institute Internship!
College students interested in sports journalism can get specialized training, a paid sports news internship, a scholarship and industry contacts through the 2014 Sports Journalism Institute (SJI).
Applications are due to AAJA by Nov. 8.
The Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) established the institute to increase racial and gender diversity in the sports departments of America’s newsrooms. APSE formed partnerships with AAJA, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to connect the institute’s opportunities with college students aspiring to be sports journalists.
The program combines an intensive week of instruction from top professionals with an eight-week paid internship at a print, digital or electronic media outlet. Class session topics range from ethics to photo editing, to how to keep a running score at a baseball game to copy editing. Upon completion of the program, college students can receive a $500 scholarship.
The 2014 program starts with the training sessions taught by Poynter Institute faculty May 30 to June 7 at the University of Missouri at Columbia, followed by the internships.
Applications must be submitted to AAJA by November 8, 2013. To begin your application, you must login or create a free online account and click on “View Open Competitions” on your home page under “Awards and Competitions.”
Ten student journalists will be selected. Ideally, applicants should be college sophomores or juniors (current seniors will also be considered). Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated interest in sports journalism as a career and excellence on the required essay.
Eligibility is not limited to journalism majors. Applicants do not need to be AAJA members, but must sign up as members if selected.
Since 2001, 10 students with AAJA have participated in the Sports Journalism Institute:
2001 – Daniel Kim, University of California, Berkeley
2004 - Gerald Tang, Northwestern University
2005 - Bryan Chu, University of California, Los Angeles
2005 - Melanie Ho, University of Ottawa
2007 - Stephen Lee, Rutgers University
2007 - Ann Liu, San Francisco State University
2008 - Stephen Chen, University of California, Berkeley
2009 - Anna Kim, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
2009 - Kyle Goon, University of Maryland
2012 - Jack Wang, University of California, Berkeley