Karen Schwartz does a great job reporting in her New York Times article “Recent Incidents Put a New Focus on Sexual Assault on Airplanes.”
I chose this article because of its unique approach to covering sexual assault. Though sexual assault has been an increasingly covered topic by the media, stories frequently feature incidents on college campuses. Schwartz’s story helps make it more visible that men and women at any age can be victims and that sexual assault is not only a problem for women on college campuses.
In terms of her reporting, I like how Schwartz brought up issues regarding lack of training and protocol with which to approach allegations of sexual assault on airplanes. She also did a good job including data and giving explanation as to why some data is lacking. The article talks mostly about how increasingly cramped planes put passengers at risk of assault on an airplane. It would have been interesting if the article had touched on how flight attendants have been affected as well.
Do you think there is any thing lacking in this article’s approach to sexual assault? Do you think the headline does a good job conveying the article’s importance? Do you have any thoughts about this article being placed in the travel section?