ESPN and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will expand their relationship by offering an internship at ESPN that will begin in the summer of 2016.
The internship will be offered in memory of the contributions to sports journalism of Stuart Scott, the longtime ESPN anchor who died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.
Interested students will apply for the internship, which will include pay and housing, via the NABJ Sports Task Force, which promotes diversity in America’s sports departments and provides programming toward developing the next wave of America’s sports journalists. Candidates will be submitted to ESPN from the NABJ Sports Task Force.
The NABJ holds its annual convention and career fair later this week in Minneapolis. ESPN has been a longtime sponsor of NABJ’s Sports Task Force Mentoring Breakfast at the convention and attends and supports the convention annually in its quest to identify potential new hires and provide a diverse workforce.
“The internship is a fitting tribute to extraordinary legacy of our beloved friend Stuart Scott,” said Rob King, ESPN senior vice president, SportsCenter and News. “It’s also a natural and necessary next step in the relationship of ESPN and the NABJ, because we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals who can contribute to and be a part of our future.”
ESPN coordinating producer Galen Gordon, who is vice president of broadcast for the NABJ Sports Task Force, spearheaded the formation of the internship.