Alongside Good Morning America‘s Thursday-Friday interview pieces with 18-year-old high school senior Jordan Powers and her 41-year-old just-resigned teacher boyfriend James Hooker, this latest headline-grabbing campus odd-couple romance has been very good for the Modesto newspaper that helped break the story.
Per an article today by Modesto Bee education reporter Nate Austin, interest in the scandal drove 350,000 page views to the paper’s website between Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Including about 65,000 within one hour yesterday as the country caught up:
Hooker’s and Powers’ willingness to speak out in response helped move the story forward, and The Bee‘s Facebook site helped rocket it to prominence once it broke, Modbee.com site records show.
Powers tells the paper she taped another interview with Nancy Grace yesterday, while Dr. Phil, Inside Edition and The Today Show are all jockeying in the queue. She also confirms the couple has not been paid for any media appearances so far, which she personally “doesn’t think is right.”