Dunno about you, but I think this is another sign of the changing face of local news.
In the past few weeks, the folks who hired me to cover religion in Nashville have lured two of the most high profile journalists in Music City to join the VJ revolution.
Trent Seibert is the latest, leaving his job as investigative reporter for The Tennessean to pick up a camera and chase down the news for tv. I met Trent for the first time today and let me tell you he’s excited about becoming a video journalist.
Brad Schmitt was the other big hire a few weeks ago, he’s the most prominent entertainment/celebrity reporter in town.
So that’s two prominent print journalists moving over to the dark side of broadcast journalism. I don’t know if Brad will have camera in hand or if he’ll have someone shooting for him (but I’m sure someone will tell me after posting this).
Don’t be surprised if you begin to hear of other transitions in other markets as the business model of local news continues to go through its metamorphosis.