1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

Small Colorado daily draws flak for football photo

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    The Montrose Daily Press drew some heat for printing a photo of one of the star players fumbling. Someone at paper writes editorial explaining itself.

    Here's the editorial:

    And the original article with the photo in question:

    The comments show the good attitude the townsfolk has on the matter.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You only write about us when we fumble. At least that's all we remember.
  3. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Like it or not, those are your readers. And your advertisers.

    I don't blame the paper, and if they want to take that heat good for them. But I wouldn't run that photo, because I'm a wuss.
  4. 2underpar

    2underpar Active Member

    we caught hell last year for running a picture of a football player crying after losing in the championship game.
    you're great as long as a team is winning and shit when you cover them losing.
  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    DENIED!!! :)
  6. A photographer where I used to work was taking a sideline picture of a kid lying on the ground crying during the late portion of a tough loss to their top rival. While she was doing that, the kid's dad came down from the stands and told her she didn't have the family's permission to take a picture of their son. She informed the father that she didn't need their permission, and they argued for a bit before the photog finally turned her back on him so she could work. When he went back in the stands the photographer looked up and both kids' parents were flipping her off. She snapped off a great picture of them. Too bad we didn't run that one. But we did run the one of the kid crying. Told the whole story of the game.
  7. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Nobody has mentioned the cutline yet?

  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    The story mentions a late fumble but not the player's name. If you're not putting his name in the story, why are you running a picture of the play?
  9. golfnut8924

    golfnut8924 Guest

    And putting his name in the cutline.
  10. "You only write about us on SportsJournalists.com when we have grammatical errors in our cutlines!" :D
  11. Harry Doyle

    Harry Doyle Member

    Can somebody explain to me why you would even hesitate to run this photo? The team lost and this picture seems to illustrate that, just like a player crying after a loss tells the whole story. I think most people here agree with that, but if someone has an honest-to-god set of reasons why you shouldn't run a photo that might show the local team in a less than stellar light, then please share.

    Maybe we should stop naming players on losing teams, as well.
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say they shouldn't, but I will say I wouldn't.

    Because I work in a tiny town and I like my paycheck. Pissing off 15 readers a month over a couple of years adds up to a significant portion of our circulation. Let alone if one of them's an advertiser. Almost everybody who opens up my sports section and reads it is a fan of the local team. When those customers open up the paper, I want them to be happy with the product, and that usually means slanting the stories and the choice of photos a certain way. And I'm okay with that.

    Yeah, yeah, I know that means I'm not a real journalist. I'm okay with that too. Paycheck cashes the same.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page