LeBron to the Cavs

Yesterday was payday. But not just any pay day. I can pretty confidently say that I can almost entirely thank LeBron (and Lee Jenkins) for my paycheck. As you all know, LBJ decided to break the news that he was heading back to Cleveland to SI writer Lee Jenkins. I’ll be the first to admit that I found out the news at the same time as Chris Broussard a.k.a. anyone with a Twitter account or smart phone. No one came running to SI Kids cubicles with the initial scoop, but it was still cool to hear the humming, buzzing, and cheering throughout the office when WE were the ones to break the biggest news in the NBA, if not all of sports. So, for that, I thank you LeBron.
On a more scalable and relatable level, I got my first byline in our print magazine, which came in early this week. It’s small, oh but it is there. While I’m still bitter they wouldn’t let me put Michigan State in our Top 10 for the CFB preview, it’s pretty cool seeing my name in the mag. You’ll have to wait until August for your copy. I’ve pretty much finished up the majority of the work I’ll be doing for our September issue, which includes our Tips page & a feature. Going to UGA has its perks when Chris Conley decides to become the next king of short films halfway through your internship. (PS- the September issue, our NFL issue, is full of UGA guys and I couldn’t be more proud.) I initially really pulled for a Shilique Calhoun (DE for Michigan State and my current obsession) feature but I’ll settle for Conley.
Since I only have two and half weeks left here, I’m really trying to make the most of it. We went and watch SI Now during the live broadcast on Tuesday (?) and the guest star was Jake Owen. Swoon. Also, the Rays were projected to go to the postseason by one of the SI Assistant Managing Editors during the show so it was a great day for me to be there. More likely than not, I’ll mosey on down to watch another show or two before I leave. It’s a really great opportunity to take advantage of and I have no problem cutting an hour out of my day to break eye contact with my computer. I also plan on spending copious amounts of time up in the SI library before I leave. You know the scene from Beauty and the Beast where Belle gets all starry-eyed over the beast’s library? Picture that, but more dimly lit and every piece of literature is sports-related. I can’t explain my fascination.
Yesterday the interns had a meeting with Peter King. If you don’t know who he is (what rock are you living under), he started the MMQB for SI and is basically the man of the NFL. He is one of the most inspiring and wonderful people I have met in my short-lived sports journalism career. If you ever find yourself with the opportunity to have time to talk to him, do it.
Because I more or less just ramble about my life, I’m really bad at wrapping up these blog posts. So, I guess that’s all from New York City.

 

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I saw Jay Bilas

Honestly, that’s all you need to know. Jay Bilas was two feet away from me. Hell hath no fury like Caitlyn Stroh knowing she could’ve met Jay Bilas had her train not been stuck for 20 minutes between two subway stops.

I’m ranting. Let’s quickly talk about real things. This week I started to actually get to do a lot of things. I got to cover the NBA draft. Of course, it was an incredible experience, but I will be the first to tell you that it was a really long night (very much how I imagine non-baseball fans feel about baseball games). And a diet coke at Barclays is like $8.50. Nevertheless, it was amazing to be there for the trades, the fashion and the excitement of 30 guys starting the NBA careers. The day before the draft was pretty much taken up by media day and this PR event at a local school and a group of the draftees.

Outside of draft madness, it was a solid week. I interviewed Andre Iguodala, worked on my Conner Stroud article and started working with SI Edge on stuff for the Tour de France ( 😀 ). We close the August magazine here soon so things will probably get busy this week before the Fourth of July. On Friday, the interns had lunch with SI’s managing editor, Chris Stone. He’s a cool guy and it was great to hear from someone so high up in the business.

Overall, I’m still learning a lot every day. I’m more or less getting the hang of what goes on in and around the office (heavier on the less). Except I did burn popcorn the other day. That was embarrassing. I love the people I work with and will be really sad to leave them come August 1.

 

P.S. If you can get your hands on a copy of the Spur commemorative SI mag, my name is under “Special Contributors.” WOO!

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.