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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 philly.com 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.  

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"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.   
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A unique but not frequently updated photo gallery is available and easily accessed at philly.com under the name "Popular Photos of philly.com" or "Philly.com 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.

 


07/16/2012 06:33

nice post

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09/26/2012 21:45

good post

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