Thursday, August 29, 2013

Traffic and weather next

Maybe you guys should just stick to the traffic reports, huh?

DETROIT (WWJ) - It’s back-to-school season and many Detroit teachers are struggling in the wake of budget cuts and overcrowded classrooms.

According to the National School Supply and Equipment Association, the average teacher spent at least $485 on school supplies for their classroom last year.

Ready for the buried lede?

So, what are some Detroit women doing to offset their struggles in the classroom? Well, they’re becoming “sugar babies” of course —  seeking financial assistance from wealthy men online.

Ready for the methods section?

In the Detroit School District alone, more than 200 teachers are moonlighting as sugar babies to offset wage cuts and job losses, according to dating website How do they know? The website tallied up all the females registered in Detroit who list “teacher” as their occupation.

Uh, OK. And we stumbled on this world exclusive ... how?

Brandon Wade, the website’s founder and CEO, said the average public school teacher registered on the site is between the ages of 28- and 33-years-old, and asks for approximately $3,000 a month in financial assistance from her sugar daddy.

“You can’t expect a teacher to accept less pay for more work than their peers, and then reach into their pockets to fund your child’s classroom,” Wade said in a statement. “But that’s what’s happening. If those are the expectations and pressures we are putting on our teachers in America, than they can’t possibly be judged for whatever extracurricular activities they choose to pursue to stay afloat.”

While the number of Detroit school teachers registered on the website might be shocking to some, it’s actually less than the national average. Wade said the Philadelphia City School District has the highest number of teachers registered on the website at 674, followed by Miami-Dade School District with 507.

Needless to say, the "national" "average" isn't what gets the attention of the Drudge Report:

... because, you know, DETROIT!

Falling for a fictional stat in a press release is hardly a new sin. But do you suppose the Drudge Report is interested in your story for some reason other than your, erm, precision reporting techniques?



Anonymous Picky said...

What we need to know is how many copy editors are moonlighting as sugar babies because of job losses (yes, I know, the idea is somewhat disgusting from a punter's point of view) and how one arranges to moonlight in this way.

12:43 PM, August 30, 2013  

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