As a former sportswriter who has experienced firsthand the effects of the downturn of the newspaper industry when the newspaper I worked at in Arizona was closed down, I can tell you I never resorted to running a prostitution ring out of local hotels to make ends meet. Not everyone in the biz can say the same.
From the CNHI News Service:
An award-winning sportswriter has pleaded guilty to running a prostitution operation, saying he needed the extra money to make up for a pay cut because of the downturn in the newspaper business.
Kevin Provencher, 52, Manchester, N. H., admitted in Salem, Mass., Superior Court Friday he recruited and received financial support from prostitutes working out of hotel rooms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and fined $5,000 on the prostitution charges and also for intimidating one of his hookers from testifying against him. …
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And by the way, I actually still do quite a bit of sportswriting/editing for websites and magazines on a freelance basis, but not at the newspaper anymore. Coverings sports and covering courts and crime isn’t all that different, actually.