Friday, March 30, 2001

Cheerleaders, Poms Unite with Successful Season

This was the one time one of my articles made it to the front page of Crossroads, the newspaper of my high school, published March 30, 2001. Here's a lesson in high school newspaper politics. I wrote several front page material articles, but the news editor, was not interested in them. Then there was a controversy. An article was published about the Cheerleaders. There had been an age old rivalry between the Cheerleaders and Pom Pom Squad. The Poms members were complaining about this lack of coverage. I decided to volunteer to do a story about the Poms. I wanted to set the example of equal coverage so I wanted to include news on the Cheerleaders in the story. The news editor was friends with members of the Cheerleaders. So one of my stories finally got to the front page. Needless to say, while I was happy to have my article on the front page, I found the shameless patronage exhibited by this editor desicable. We would clash later as to who would be editor in chief of the paper. I was willing to do something where we would each be co-editors in chief. She opposed the idea and wanted it all to herself. She got the position and I went on to be editor-in-chief of the literary magazine. I was and still am furious at that editor.

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