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Posts Tagged ‘sportswriting’

Web Bylines Can Lead to Print at SI

While the online presence of the venerable Sports Illustrated “has the same DNA as the magazine, the content is almost entirely original,” said B.J. Schecter, executive editor of All sections of the site are open to freelance pitches, as long as they stay away from the generic “I want to cover the Jets and the NBA” style.

The best way to get into the editors’ good books? Getting a scoop and having special access help, but the site is also looking for human interest stories and specific angles that “go beyond the action on the field.”

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The Menu Scores With Talk Of Football, Sports Reporting

mmm_2-3.gifToday, the Morning Media Menu podcast featured a rare discussion on sports and sports reporting.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed sportswriter and author Matthew Shepatin, who spoke about the upcoming NFL playoffs and his book, The Best NFL Stories Ever Told.

After regaling Matt and Jason with some of his favorite football stories, the author took a moment to offer up some advice to aspiring sportswriters.

“I really encourage anyone to both get into sports writing and to get into the publishing world,” he said. “When I was younger people would say, ‘Do you know what your chances are?’ And the thing is no matter what you pick in life, whether it’s being a lawyer or a writer or what have you, is tough. So why not pick something you like?…At least if you’re passionate about what you want, you’re already in the red zone, so to speak.”

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