For this week’s issue of The Northerner, I took the assignment for a story concerning student attendance at athletic events. In fact, my instructions from my photo editor included the following: photos during an NKU game, get photos of the student sections, the story talks about how students do go to NKU games, we want to see empty seats to illustrate the story.
I attended a men’s basketball game on Saturday, January 24 of a home game of NKU versus Quincy. It was at the Bank of Kentucky Center, which seats around 9400 people. I myself wasn’t helping the cause since this is the first game I had been to for this season and it’s for a story.

Whenever I arrive at an event to take pictures, I try to take general pictures of the environment first just to get those out of my system. Then I start looking for details and then even closer to the focus of the story. How can I take picture that can help tell the story?

I had my wide lens on and decided to go to the top of the arena, which got this picture showing a very grim student section.

Students not attending home games

Student attendance this season has not improved despite a new arena and nationally ranked teams.
Student attendance this season has not improved despite a new arena and nationally ranked teams.