This week in my Digital Journalism II class, I was given an assignment to make a 12-photo slideshow profiling a Marquette University student. I chose Julia DeBella, a student who can keep her calm while having two exams and a paper all due the same day. 

In my assignment, I followed DeBella on a Sunday afternoon at Raynor Memorial Library, where she studied for German, anthropology and accounting while writing her philosophy paper.  

I chose to focus my story on a student who has an abundant amount of homework to illustrate the amount of stress students are under and the work load they are undertaking. Through this photography project, I learned that every student handles stress in different ways and every student has a different way of studying. 

The point of this project was to develop my photography and story-telling skills, and I believe I did this well by taking on a common occurrence on college campuses and illustrating this through my own eyes. 

After completing the Language of the Image module on Poytner's News University, I learned how to implement many different visual elements into my photographs and focused on the following: 

1.) The Rule of Thirds
2.) Sense of Place
3.) Emotion
4.) Layering
5.) Point of Entry
6.) Moment

My slideshow exposes the stress of college students as well as how one student, DeBella handles that stress and knows no matter how hard life can get, she is doing the best she can.  
Photographs are easy to find when it comes to enhancing a story, but when attempting to see how The Philadelphia Inquirer presents, packages and showcases their photographers work it becomes difficult. If not impossible. 

When loads on the a browser a box on the left of the website immediately appears with a slideshow of the top five stories.  The stories are always accompanied by a photograph that captures the event in it's entirety. However, this photograph has a trend in being the only one that accompanies the article, video or blog it represents. 

One such example is "Built to Last" by Mark Cofta.  The photo taken by Neal Santos appears in the "Today's Features" as well as in the separate page for the article in the theatre section.  

"Built to Last" is about the struggles of the economy and foundation arts funding declining and the wrath it has had on Off-Broad Street Consortium, a group of six small professional theater companies, and theaters alike.  

The Philadelphia community has come together to provide a home for this theatre at First Baptist Church and yet, the article itself does not illustrate any of the productions, rehearsals, and participants that are affected by the new found home except two men, Tom Reing and Kevin Giaccum, who manage two of the six theaters.  

This article could have been illustrated via photographs alone, or enhanced by interactive photos, personality portraits as well as impact by showing the absence of a home and the reality of now having one.   

A unique but not frequently updated photo gallery is available and easily accessed at under the name "Popular Photos of" or " Photo Galleries" located on the home page. 

The slideshows range from 30 to over 100 photos with content tending to be a little controversial. Topics range from an Eagles cheerleader photo shoot, to Holly Madison, a former Playmate and the worth of her breasts to the history of crime in Philadelphia.  

The Philadelphia Inquirer's effort is apparent but falls short when it comes to producing quality photojournalism.