Megan Hart (MSJ15) spent a quarter as a resident at Sports Illustrated. She looked back on her experience below.
How would you describe your experience at Sports Illustrated?
My experience at SI was really amazing. I mostly did fact-checking, which meant that I worked closely with some of the industry’s best writers and editors, and everyday I learned something new. I was also able to work on fun projects, like putting together the Pop Culture Grid, a weekly iPad feature in which I’d find athletes and ask them pop culture-related questions. I also was able to pitch stories to both the magazine and the website. One of my dreams growing up was to be published in the pages of SI, and now I can say that I have.
What was the most memorable project you worked on, and why does it stand out?
My most memorable project was probably checking a story by Alex Wolff, who has been with the magazine for 35 years and is just such a great writer and reporter that he’s really an inspiration. He did a piece about San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills. Mills’ parents are both Indigenous Australians, and they both have very powerful stories to tell. In checking the story I spent a pretty significant amount of time speaking to both of them over the phone. By working on this story, I was able to see first-hand how sports writing can go beyond sports themselves and really tell a much bigger and more important story.
What did you learn from the experience?
I learned what goes into producing a weekly magazine, as well as a lot about the editorial process. I think seeing how editors shaped stories, hearing the types of questions they asked and working closely with copy editors all combined to make me a much better writer. Most of the stories I checked were about college basketball, so I also learned more about college basketball stats and trends than I ever thought I’d know.
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