In the past month or so, you’ve read a lot about housekeepers, their management and the “sit-down” policy in this newspaper.
This is good.
Coverage of the policy, which requires housekeepers to get permission for extra breaks, should be the DTH’s sweet spot — it’s an issue readers are talking about and the paper is in an ideal position to cover.
But not all of you have been happy with what you’ve read.
An Aug. 31 story, “Righting the Ship,” by three-year writer and current University Editor C. Ryan Barber, has received mixed reviews.
Several online commentators questioned the “framing” of the article, which they said belittled the housekeepers’ side of the story (portraying Employee Forum Representative James Holman as a “moustache-twisting villain”) and glorified their managers’ crackdown on unauthorized breaks.
On Sept. 1, Freshman Sarah Hirsch wrote in a letter to the editor that Barber’s story omitted “the real abuses housekeepers face on a daily basis from management.”
A week later, Junior Jim Gulledge argued the same: The story only covered half the issue.
There are certainly some aspects of Barber’s article that deserve critical attention.