Derek Jeter, the greatest baseball player of all time forever and ever, recently launched his own sports site — The Players’ Tribune. The site will feature content penned by pro athletes. Pro athletes, as you know, are not pro writers.
In an effort to help Jeter, Digiday asked several quality editors to dole out advice to Jeets. Below is just a sampling.
David Remnick (The New Yorker): “Since Derek Jeter has nothing but success in life, I gleefully anticipate his reaction when his first writer begins, ‘I just want to thank the fans.…’ Good luck, Derek! Hire real writers and pay them well.”
Cindi Leive (Glamour): “Work hard, sweat the details and remember: Drama counts!”
David Granger (Esquire): “It’s the guys who don’t get all that much playing time who most often have the valuable perspective and the funniest stories to offer. Don’t be afraid to let some of these guys contribute anonymously, as long as the professionals (like the incredible Gary Hoenig who you’ve already hired) make the effort to vet their contentions. This could be a good thing, as long as you push your contributors to tell both pleasant and unpleasant truths. Make it funny, make it real and you could have something here.”