Bradley upset Northern Iowa earlier this week to earn a spot within the NCAA Event, and amidst this feel-good story the basketball program has by some means wound up in a brewing nationwide media tempest over barring longtime Peoria Journal-Star Bradley hoops reporter Dave Reynolds from a media occasion for the tourney berth.
The PJS describes what occurred:
Journal Star sports activities editor Wes Huett, who met with the Bradley program at its request on Jan. 29 to hearken to grievances in regards to the newspaper’s protection of the crew, obtained an e mail with media-access data for Friday’s occasion, scheduled for 1:45 p.m. at Renaissance.
The newspaper, in fact, despatched its beat author. “The door was open,” our man Reynolds mentioned. “I walked in and chatted with the opposite media guys. (BU assistant director of athletic communications) Jason Veniskey was there however didn’t say something to me. Gamers began to filter out. One of many gamers I needed to speak with was Nate Kennell, and I motioned to Jason, ‘I’d like to speak to Nate.’ He mentioned, ‘I wish to discuss to you for a minute.’
“He pulled me apart and mentioned their coverage of me not given additional protection alternative was nonetheless in place, and I used to be not allowed to do any interviews. I advised him, ‘The newspaper obtained the invitation.’ He mentioned, ‘That was directed to (Huett), to not you.’ I mentioned, ‘He doesn’t cowl the crew. I’ve for 29 years.’ … “He responded by saying, ‘You don’t promote the Bradley model, and mainly we don’t need you right here.’ I mentioned, ‘Jason, that’s not my job to advertise the Bradley model. You recognize that.’
The tip of that’s notably foolish. It’s clearly not a journalist’s job to “promote the model” of the entity she or he is overlaying, it’s to current correct information and knowledgeable commentary. This can be a unhealthy search for Bradley coach Brian Wardle and, pragmatically, an unneeded distraction to impose upon his crew as they head in the direction of the Large Dance.