Senior Tashan Reed selected for National Sports Journalism Institute

Tashan Reed

Senior Tashan Reed will intern with The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.

He will serve an 8-week paid summer internship at Commercial Appeal

By Yue Tang

Columbia, Mo. (Jan 24, 2018) — Missouri School of Journalism senior Tashan Reed is one of 14 students from across the country to be chosen for the 2018 Sports Journalism Institute (SJI).

A print and digital news student, Reed is studying sports journalism. He worked as both a beginning and advanced reporter at the Columbia Missourian in 2017 and received the $5,000 Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis/St. Louis Post Dispatch David Lipman Scholarship for his work. He currently is a freelance reporter for the St. Louis American and covers Mizzou Sports for Rock M Nation.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of this prestigious program and start my professional career as a sports journalist,” Reed said. “I’d like to thank former Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers, Columbia Missourian city editor Liz Brixey, and the undefeated Vice President Leon Carter for helping me along the way.”

SJI is a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. The institute is designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing, and to enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated interest in sports journalism as a career and excellence on the required essay.

The six women and eight men will be in residence at the Missouri School of Journalism from May 25 to June 2, followed by an eight-week paid internship in sports media. The work experience that awaits them is as diverse as the class. ESPN, Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Kansas City Star, Salt Lake Tribune and are just a few of the destinations. Reed will intern with The Commercial Appeal, a daily newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee.

Updated: January 28, 2021

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