This article by the Huffington Post covered sexual assault on college campus with an interesting angle. While rates of reporting sexual assault remain very low, and guilty verdicts for sexual assault cases remain very low, this article focused on the fact that among the small group of assaulters who actually get found responsible by the university, few of them are expelled. I thought the article did several things very well. The lede was engaging, and the first few sentences framed the story clearly. I also thought the presentation of data was visual and informative. However, there were a few noteworthy things that could be discussed:
- Do you think the story was lacking due to the absence of characters and anecdotes? Could it have been improved with characters or did it succeed without?
- Oftentimes news stories identify problems and put those problems into context. How far do you think a news story should go in terms of implications? For example, this article raised the question of who should punish students found guilty of sexual assault and how should they be punished. Should an article provide recommendations to solve the problem or leave it open-ended? How far, in terms of implications and possible solutions, does the role of a journalist reach in writing about societal problems?