by Kent Sterling
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star came on the Grady & Big Joe Show today, and told them that he will be sliding from the Pacers beat to the Colts beat. Mike Chappell will remain with the Star, and will also continue to cover the Colts.
Other changes are expected, with rumors that David Woods and Terry Hutchens to be taken off their respective Butler and Indiana beats.
The Star plans to reach outside the market to fill Wells’ spot on the Pacers beat, and what all of this means to Phillip B. Wilson, the always outstanding Phil Richards, and new blood Zak Keefer who has established himself as a very good writer is not known – at least by me.
This may also mean, according to a source, that the Star will hire both a Notre Dame and Purdue beat writer. One of the complaints about the Star’s sports department has been a lack of Purdue presence. For years, the Star has relied upon work from the Lafayette Journal and Courier for coverage of the Boilermakers.
I’m glad Wells is moving to the Colts, as he will do an excellent job breaking news there as he has always done with the Pacers. I’ll miss his reporting on the NBA. He had become one of the best trusted NBA guys in the country.
The media landscape is constantly changing, and if you want to know why reporters, anchors, and radio hosts are always talking about whether they will be employed next week, this is the reason.
Management evaluates and changes based upon an ever-evolving set of criteria that lend themselves to subjectivity. One manager’s A-List staff is on another’s short list for termination. That’s the life people in media sign up for, and still the journalism schools are filled with young eager minds destined for lives of insecurity.
The media itself has changed on a tectonic level over the past decade with online delivery through tablets, smart phones, Twitter, instagram, YouTube, facebook, pinterest, and other apps being exceptionally important – in many ways more than the withering newspaper.
Here’s a tip to j-school students – build a brand, be diverse, and say yes to everything. Learn to shoot, perform, write, edit, interview, and tweet effectively. You will never have more time to be able to invest in becoming valuable to prospective employers than you do know.
If you can’t do it all, you won’t be able to get a job to do any of it.