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PODCAST: Exit Interview with J. Michael on beat reporting and covering the Pacers
After three years on the beat, he explains the draw of his new role at the Orlando Sentinel.
J. Michael Falgoust spent the last three years covering the Pacers for the Indianapolis Star, but he recently departed to become the sports editor at the Orlando Sentinel, where he got his start in the business. So to continue my tradition, he joined the podcast for a conversation on his time on the beat.
Among the items discussed on this episode:
Leaving the Indianapolis Star to become a sports editor.
The role of a beat reporter, the hustle it requires and how it is often misunderstood.
Advice for young journalists — with a focus on relationships and reading people.
Taking over a beat at the end of a season without knowing anyone in Indy.
The current state of the franchise, with ongoing injuries and the front office electing to run it back with key personnel.