Stroh takes Sports Illustrated Kids

(Sorry for arriving a little late to the blog party, everybody. I’ll start at the beginning and try to include the all of the good stuff.)

I found out on Cinco de Mayo that I’d be heading up to the Big Apple to work at Sports Illustrated Kids for the summer. I honestly did not ask many questions– I knew my pay and my start/end date– because, quite frankly, I didn’t care. I had a paid internship with company of my dreams as a sophomore in college. Are you going to be the one to ask (or care) what you will be doing day-to-day?

Flash forward to my first day of work. SI, SI.com and SI Kids are on the 31st and 32nd floor of the Time-Life building on the Avenue of the Americas. My cubicle–shared with Scott from Cornell– is in the very middle of the 31st floor. So while I get to tell people I work in this really cool location, I sometimes forget how amazing it is because the closest window is through our managing editor’s office (and I still have yet to go into his office). Our first two days of work were pretty slow. If you follow UGA sports at all, you probably saw that Marc Weiszer tweeted out a picture of Todd Gurley in the “Art Gallery” section of SI Kids. Well, on day 2 of my internship the interns opened about 500 letters sent in for the “Art Gallery.” My personal favorite, which actually hangs on my cubicle wall, was a pencil drawing of Evan Longoria. Go Rays.

I promise things picked up. On my third day, I got set up for an interview with Tim Howard. At the time, this soccer-inept individual had no idea what that really meant. Four hours of Google later and I was really excited.

Since that first week, I have worked with editorial staff on our college football preview edition of the magazine, which will close in early July and hit the stand/people’s mailboxes in August. I have an unhealthy belief in MIchigan State, so be on the lookout for the Spartans in our August mag 🙂 Currently I’m working on a graphic-focused page about ceremonial first pitches. Other than CFB, several interns were pulled in to help with a huge SI.com project (you should know on Tuesday!). My boss, Elizabeth McGarr, and the other SI Kids editors were in command for SI’s Spurs commemorative, which was really cool to see from beginning to close. Fact checking is all day, every day. If you want to know what a red check is, I’ll be glad to go into the nitty gritty details of this part of my job.

So, if you don’t know this, SI Kids is a monthly magazine, geared towards kids ages 7-15. What does this mean? We have a month to turn out content. But, we have a very small staff that creates, produces, edits and checks every single thing. Also, any idea you have, you instantly have to ask yourself if a kid would be interested or even know what you are talking about. It can get a little tricky.

While every day presents new tasks and responsibilities, this has been such a great opportunity because I’ve learned so much, even in just the first three weeks. For one, you can never fact check too much. Two: know what sports you are best in, but never turn down an opportunity to cover an athlete or subject in another. I mean, I’m going to the NBA draft on Thursday and I openly admit how little I know about the NBA (but we all know who is going to be on Google until she knows everything about Joel Embiid’s foot injury, Doug McDermott’s HORSE contest with 99 people and what exactly the Cavs are looking for). I’ve been surprised how different this job is from what I expected. But I would probably say the same if I were working at the monthly or with the dot com guys. Overall, I really do think this summer will be what I make it.

As cheesy as that sounds.

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