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Cross country mom

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by spikechiquet, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Man, they are just flying at me lately....

    OK, so here's the situation:

    Local cross country team has like 10 runners on the team, only the top five count in team scoring.
    A XC mom calls, pissed HER kid never gets his pic in the paper.
    He consistantly runs as the 6th/7th runner, so he doesn't account in the scoring. He usually doesn't crack the Top 20 in races.
    He's the best senior runner (as she pointed out to me) on the team and she believes that he should get some recognition for that (please, stop laughing, I had a hard enough time not when she said it).
    Now, his team ran in the State finals, best finish was 73rd (way out of All-State honors) and her kid - again - didn't finish as one of the top five racers from his school...YET I have a cool pic that has him in it.

    Now, the dilema...do I run the pic (which would satisfy the mom and make good art) or be an ass - ignore her kid - and run the pics I planned on running (the top finishers, all those pics would be fine also).

    I hate when parents call you out and then you have to make this choice...cause I hate making it look like they "got me to do that" (even when it's not the case), cause the pic would be fine to run, but I can live without it.
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Never let parents dictate the way you run your ship, be it directly (by cowering in fear and doing as you're told) or indirectly (by doing the opposite of what they want just to spite them). They have a perspective that centers around their small circle of family and friends. Your circle is the whole of your circulation area. Never forget that, and hope your bosses don't either.
  3. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Still and all, you run the best picture.
  4. KP

    KP Active Member

    Use the best art. Though there's nothing wrong with saying Johnny Hasapainintheassmom finished 324th as part of the caption.
  5. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Since his performance was irrelevant you're probably better off going with a shot of someone who actually contributed to the scoring -- as long as it's a decent photo.

    If the mom calls, you can tell her you have a nice shot of her son if she'd like to buy a copy.
  6. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    If it's the best pic, and the kid's a senior, run the fucker and make her day.
  7. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

  8. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    But if there's a tie for best photo, all bets are off.
  9. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I make a point to get different kids in the paper, but also of recognizing the stars when they are at their best. The best ones are always going to get in because, of course I always end up with the best shots of them. When they have big performances even for their standards, I make a point of including them.

    When I get a good shot another kid who isn't the star, I make a point of including that kid, too. I don't ever count or anything, but I stay somewhat aware of who's been in how many times.

    Keep in mind I only cover a couple high schools, so paying that much attention might not be practical for you.
  10. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Besides, he works so hard. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Just be honest. Tell her photojournalists are professionals and their job is to capture the most compelling stories, not to tick off names like they're shooting senior yearbook portraits. Sorry, but in XC the most compelling stories will often be the runners at the front, unless the back of the pack is a mud-soaked, limb-tangled mess (would she like a photo of her kid falling?). You're not going to tell the photogs how to do their jobs.
  12. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Just because the mom is a twat doesn't mean the kid should suffer for it. Don't let your personal feelings sway this decision.

    Sure, if you run it, she'll think it's because of that conversation. But are you going to lose sleep because of that when you know the real reason it ran (it was the best art)? Just insert the picture, stand up, say, "That's no sweat off my sack" and call it a night.

    But really, if the kid didn't do dick, I don't think I'd run it anyway. That picture would have to be fucking phenomenal.
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