For Hayden Kim, a senior majoring in journalism at the University of Oregon, sports have always been front and center. As both an athlete and a spectator, Kim fostered a passion for sports that has helped shape his time at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC).
Kim’s passion also helped him land an internship with the Sports Journalism Institute (SJI), where he will have the opportunity to live in Salt Lake City for the summer as he works on the sports section of the Salt Lake Tribune. The SJI, a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers, is designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing.
This selective internship, which is only offered to a handful of students around the country each year, boasts many distinguished alumni and provides excellent training for a successful future in sports journalism.
“This is going to be my best opportunity to set a good base of skills to take with me wherever I go next,” says Kim. “My goal is to write as much as I can and make sure my fundamentals are straight.”
Kim is looking forward to furthering his skills and learning about the industry within a highly recognized national program. However, he is most excited about meeting and forming relationships with 11 other like-minded sports writers from all over the country. “I’ve heard a lot about the SJI community being like a second family,” says Kim. “I can’t wait to experience that for myself.”
As an aspiring sports journalism professional, Kim is interested in the opportunities he will have to connect with athletes, their families, coaches and fans on a level beyond just the game. Kim is also excited about the continuously evolving creative process that comes with sports reporting.
The University of Oregon provides in-depth majors and courses for a sports-centered career path, so the SOJC was the ideal place for Kim to develop his career. “The SOJC has undoubtedly shaped my college experience,” says Kim. “From all the pre-J courses to the Gateway series, the SOJC as a whole has broadened my perspective of all types of interests, skills and people that form this industry. I’ve been beyond fortunate to have had the experiences and connect with the people I have throughout my four years here at the University of Oregon.”
The SOJC would like to congratulate Hayden Kim on this exceptional accomplishment.
Story by Nicole Rideout ’15