Both Deadspin reporters who pieced together the big story of the moment– the non-existence of Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o's dead girlfriend– are students.
Timothy Burke is a Ph.D. candidate in communications at the University of South Florida. (OK, yes, just technically still a student.) And Jack Dickey is a straight-up senior at Columbia University, on winter break when he began the investigation.
Along with Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs, the pair transformed a tip last Friday into an enormous scoop. Their hoax de Te’o exclusive has truly shocked the sports world and general public, caught the media establishment flat-footed and in a few cases red-faced, and cemented the term “catfish” into the modern lexicon.
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