Terry McDonell Elected to Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame

American Society of Magazine Editors to Honor the Editor of “Sports Illustrated” at the National Magazine Awards Annual Gala

The American Society of Magazine Editors is pleased to announce the election of Terry McDonell to the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. Mr. McDonell, the editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, will be honored at the National Magazine Awards Annual Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on May 3, 2012.

“Editors everywhere have been influenced by Terry McDonell and his work,” said Sid Holt, Chief Executive of ASME.  “Terry is one of the legends of our craft—a supremely talented editor whose legacy to magazines will include not only unforgettable stories and images but also an inspiring vision of what magazines can be both in print and on digital platforms.”

After freelancing in the Middle East as a photographer and a stint as a staffer with the Associated Press in New York, Terry McDonell returned home to California in the mid-1970s and began his career in magazines at a succession of publications, including LA and Frances Ford Coppola’s City. He was one of the launch editors of Outside in San Francisco and launched Rocky Mountain Magazine out of Denver before joining Rolling Stone back in New York as managing editor in 1981. He was assistant managing editor at Newsweek from 1983 to 1984, then launched Smart between 1985 and 1989. He was editor-in-chief of Esquire from 1990 to 1993, editor in chief and publisher of Sports Afield from 1993 to 1996 and editor of Men’s Journal from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, he oversaw the relaunch of Us magazine as a weekly. Named managing editor of Sports Illustrated in 2002, he became editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group in 2005, overseeing Sports Illustrated, SI Kids and Golf as well as websites, digital development, international editions, and books.

The President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Paris Review Foundation, Mr. McDonell is also a novelist (California Bloodstock), poet (Wyoming) and screenwriter (Miami Vice, China Beach) and wrote the videogame Night Trap, in 1992.  In 1984 he created Newsweek Access, the first magazine dedicated to digital technology, and in the following years pioneered desktop publishing and the development of magazines on smartphones and tablets. His magazines have been nominated for 29 National Magazine Awards and received the award in 2003, 2005 and 2010.

The Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame was established in 1995 by the American Society of Magazine Editors to recognize the editorial achievements and career-long accomplishments of leading journalists and honors distinguished service to the magazine industry. Among the members of the Hall of Fame best known to the general public are Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Tina Brown, Hugh Hefner, Gloria Steinem, Jann S. Wenner and Helen Gurley Brown.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, preserve editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

For more information about the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame and the National Magazine Awards Annual Gala, please go to asme.magazine.org.


For the first time ever, fans of Sports Illustrated’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SportsIllustrated) had the opportunity to submit their photos for the chance to land on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Sports Illustrated Cover Challenge allowed fans to submit their own photos demonstrating team spirit and unbridled school passion.  Sports Illustrated editors selected a Final Four among the entries and included them on this week’s annual NCAA Tournament Preview cover, that hits newsstands today.

For nearly 60 years the cover of Sports Illustrated has defined the story of the day in sports.  Upon its release, the iconic cover image stirs a spectrum of passionate dialog, debate, celebration, criticism and for those who believe in jinxes, fear.

The annual NCAA Tournament preview issue, one of the most anticipated issues of the year, features a collection of players, mascots and fans from all 68 men’s teams and the top women’s teams.  In years past, the photos have always been captured by the capable cameras of Sports Illustrated photographers, until now.

“In December, for the first time ever, Sports Illustrated allowed fans to make the editorial selection of our iconic cover,” said Mark Mravic, assistant managing editor, Sports Illustrated.  “Now, we took it a step further, by providing fans the opportunity to actually put themselves on the cover.”

The winners are:

UNC baby: Scott McKellar’s infant son Jack McKellar


Michigan Wolverine: Dan Mickelson

Memphis cheerleader: Chris Smith’s daughter Aniston Smith

Baylor fan: Dean Sandifer










See if you can find their photos on this week’s cover here



Beginning today, the Sports Illustrated Magazine app for smartphones adds groundbreaking technology that combines a universal scan tool capable of reading all print-to-mobile-action codes and an enhanced augmented print viewer into one device.  This technological enhancement coincides with today’s debut of the Sports Illustrated Magazine app for the iPhone.  Previously, the Sports Illustrated Magazine smartphone app was available exclusively for Android smartphones.

This new technology is on full display with the SI NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview set to hit newsstands today. Readers can use their smartphone to scan the cover gatefold in order to view six computer-generated images “floating” over the cover image collage. Those images are clickable and will launch exclusive videos including one which announces Sports Illustrated’s College Basketball Players of the Year and another announcing SI’s Coaches of the Year.  Additional videos include:  SI Senior Writer Seth Davis’ providing an NCAA Tournament preview; a compilation of fan videos; SI’s stories of the year and a feature on great moments from the 2011-12 season.

“So often the conversation about technology revolves around new devices.  What we’re really excited about is the potential to use technology to bring print pages to life in surprising ways,” said Terry McDonell, Time Inc. Sports Group Editor.

Read more about it here


Editor’s Letter from Terry McDonell: Cover Story

Note: This Editor’s Letter appears on page 5 of the Dec. 26 issue, on newsstands Wednesday.

We expected surprises, and still we were surprised. The decision of what to put on the cover of Sports Illustrated has been the top editor’s since the founding of the magazine in 1954. There have been eight such editors. Some have thought choosing the cover was the most interesting part of the job and others the most difficult, but either way they guarded it. Some were collaborative, others not so much.

The idea that the editor should relinquish that call this week and ask fans to choose the cover came from Scott Novak, SI’s vice president of communications. Novak is editorial minded and brilliant at driving connections with readers through social-media platforms such as the SI Facebook page, where he proposed to invite visitors to vote for the best sports moment of the year, with the winner featured on the year-end cover. The argument against him was simple: As much as readers may second-guess the magazine’s cover choices, that’s where they want SI’s credibility and authority to start. And who said the voters would be readers in the first place? But the argument Novak, his team and a growing number of staffers made was that letting the public in on the selection process would strengthen the bond between the magazine and its readers and, further, allow SI to plug into a new two-way relationship with a wider landscape of sports fans.

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Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski honored at 2011 Sportsman of the Year celebration in New York

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Yesterday evening, Sports Illustrated honored Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski as the 2011 Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at a ceremony at the IAC Building in New York City. Joining them at the ceremony were five of their fellow Sportswomen and Sportsmen: Chris Evert (1976), Sugar Ray Leonard (1981), Wayne Gretzky (1982), David Robinson (2003) and David Ortiz (2004).

After opening speeches from the Time Inc. Sports Group’s editor (Terry McDonell) and president (Mark Ford), the awards presentation was turned over to the emcee for the evening, senior writer and TV/radio host Dan Patrick (@dpshow). Patrick introduced the mentors for Summitt and Krzyzewski, both of whom are proud alums of the school’s at which the two coaches ply their trade: former Lady Vols star Michelle Marciniak (Tennessee Class of 1996) and TV talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose (Duke Class of 1964). Marciniak recalled the lessons that Summitt imparted on her during her time in Knoxville, while Rose spoke to the system Krzyzewski has in place at Duke that inspires his players to achieve greatness.

When Summitt accepted the award she was joined by her son Tyler – a walk-on guard for Tennessee’s men’s team – who expressed admiration for his mother’s modesty even as she continues to set the bar in women’s college basketball. During his turn to speak, Krzyzewski expressed how remarkable it was for Summitt to continue coaching even after her diagnosis earlier this year with early-onset dementia while also thanking his family and his players for helping him enjoy the success he has had at Duke.

This week’s Sports Illustrated: celebrating “Sport in America”

This week’s Nov. 28 cover story of Sports Illustrated is a celebration of “Sport in America” written by Time Inc. Sports Group editor Terry McDonell. The thesis of McDonell’s essay is that even as sports have become more and more about money and marketing, to most of us they are still about the stories we tell one another, the transcendent moments that lift and inspire us. McDonell writes: The players’ skill and athleticism can be mind-blowing, but without the backstories there is no connection. The excitement comes from knowing enough about the athletes to care who makes the shot and who misses.”

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Editor’s Letter from Terry McDonell: Sport in America

[NOTE: This appears on page 10 of the Nov. 28 issue, on newsstands tomorrow]

Last week SI announced the Sport in America: Our Defining Stories HBO documentary series that we are producing with Endgame Entertainment and Playground Entertainment. This week In My Tribe explains the themes of the series and encourages readers to contribute their own stories (at sportinamerica.com).

To begin reporting the piece I asked colleagues 16 questions, starting with: What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever seen in sports? I agreed with senior writer Joe Posnanski that it was Jackie Robinson’s debut and rookie year. Everything else follows that. And even then, Robinson still doesn’t get enough credit for his courage. Neither do Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson and Bill Russell and Jim Brown. I also agreed with copy chief Gabe Miller, who pointed to the spirit and endurance of the Thrilla in Manila, and what it did not only to the loser, Joe Frazier, but also to the winner, Muhammad Ali. So it is with so much about Ali: His decision to apply for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam war cost him a fortune and reminds us what courage and conviction are. Courage is also at the heart of comebacks like the Giants’ rallying to beat the Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl and the Red Sox’ coming back from a 3–0 series deficit to beat the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.

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Editor’s Letter: Why We Talk About Sports

Note: This Editor’s Letter by Terry McDonell appears in the Nov. 21 issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands Nov. 16.

The dark side is always there, and we knew that even as we were shocked by the grotesque revelations coming out of Penn State. But we also knew that everything that is good about sports stays with us long after the stands are empty, the stories written. That is our truest sports legacy, and it is especially important when we need to shine a light into the darkness.

That legacy is the fundamental reason that together with HBO, Endgame Entertainment and Playground Entertainment, SI is launching a television series exploring how sports have shaped the American character. It’s called Sport in America: Our Defining Stories and will premiere on HBO in 2013. It’s not so much about scores and stats as it is about stories—our stories, how we tell each other who we are by talking sports. It’s a show about sharing memories of events large and small, some well-known, others largely forgotten. Ask yourself: What was the greatest sports moment you ever saw? Who was the most ­heroic athlete? What was the greatest comeback? The greatest rivalry? Which team had the most heart?

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