Journalist Ryan Prior reports that on Friday in Anchorage, Alaska, a high school swimmer was disqualified because of her swimsuit. She swam and won a heart during the meet, but an anonymous race official said her swimsuit shifted and showed too much of her rear. Since no one had made the disqualification before she swam in the meet, the “heavy-handed and unnecessary” disqualification was tossed out. The high schooler’s mother called it sexual harassment because the school-issued swimsuit only shifted because of the girl’s body type. The director of sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations brought out a diagram of “Appropriate and Inappropriate Female Suit Coverage” that the mother called outdated, representing a 1950’s swimsuit style and model.
The most interesting part of this article was the fact that it was chunked with titles, like you see in textbooks. Every time it introduced a new idea, like the mother believing it to be sexual harassment or the diagram being brought into the argument, it would have a centered title that introduced the idea. This made it easier to transition and understand the shift. Prior wrote a story about a girl in Alaska but because it involved a conflict that might be relatable for people all the nation, it was newsworthy. High schools deal with dress code problems everywhere, so I think that reporting on an event that not only tells a story but also offers the solution to that specific situation.