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Sports Illustrated for Kids Seeks Stories on Young, Local Athletes

For sports writers looking to pitch to Sports Illustrated for Kids, their best bet at a byline might be finding a story in their own hometown. Instead of proposing a feature on a major league baseball player or big-name football star, freelancers should pitch the sports mag, whose target readers are boys ages 7 to 15, a profile of a star athlete on the local level.  Newly installed managing editor Mark Bechtel says:

If a freelancer says, ‘Hey, there’s a 13-year-old kid who is a great young basketball player, and he’s got some sort of charity that’s sending sports equipment to kids in under-developed areas’ — that’s something that we’re not going to know about [and would want to cover].

Freelancers should also send pitches to the mag’s digital component, SIKids.com. Online editor Dante Ciampaglia notes that the site is held to the same high standard of the print publication and wants stories that highlight “the fun side of sports as well as things like good sportsmanship.”

For more tips, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Sports Illustrated for Kids.

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Reporter Revisits Sports Illustrated John Rocker Profile

Great long read on Bleacher Report from Jeff Pearlman, author of an infamous December 1999 Sports Illustrated feature on then-Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker. Pearlman’s original SI piece was spiked, but when his editor assigned him to revisit Rocker after the end of that year’s MLB season, the floodgates opened in the form of a mountain of controversial quotes.

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Despite subsequent accusations and denials by Rocker, Pearlman restates for the record that nothing was taken out of context or “pieced together.” He also runs down three “funny” things about article, starting with this fascinating bit of issue obfuscation:

The piece ran in the final Sports Illustrated issue of the 20th century — which included, arguably, the biggest undertaking in the magazine’s history. Bill Colson, the managing editor, wanted to compile a list of the top 50 athletes of the century for every state, coupled with 50 different covers. The daunting (and truly awful) task of finding and ranking the athletes fell upon three of us—myself, Steve Cannella and Mark Bechtel.

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Bob Der, Veteran SI for Kids Editor, Departs

Bob Der, a veteran of Sports Illustrated for Kids, is leaving the magazine. The New York Post reports that Der will be replaced by Mark Bechtel, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated.

Der had been managing editor of SI for Kids for the past eight years. He was only the fourth managing editor in the magazine’s 25 year history.

Bechtel has been with Sports Illustrated for almost 20 years.