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The Euro Crisis has been one of the top media stories in years. When a lot of countries suddenly plummet into mountains of debt, it is most likely to make headlines, along with bad news for every country. Even though Europe’s debt crisis has not directly affected the United States too much yet, the crisis still has seen no improvement, and I wonder why media has not been keeping up daily with this more.  I finally found an article that does an incredible job with what is still currently going on with these countries that have been struggling. This article is very honorable because it not only is updated with the prominent countries that have been at the heart of the Euro Crisis, but with many countries that are fighting for their financial freedom back. This story not only describes what the European Union is planning, but also does a well job with demonstrating the critical lives that real families are going through in all countries that are involved. I appreciate this article because it is not trying to sway the reader one way or the other with a story, rather it tells a remarkable story through photos, slideshows, and facts of what regular people are experiencing because of selfish government decisions.   

The focus of this article is to depict how the European economic crisis is still going after five years with no signs of improvement. The story shows and defines the lives of innocent people that have had to resort to using their full saving accounts in order to survive along with using up their unemployment benefits. The story gives an idea of how people have become depressed because of their economic downfalls.


This story is very effective with giving me an idea of how the crisis is affecting families. The writer presented these people’s lives through images such as them having to share soup and interviews describing people using up their saving accounts. This presentation really struck me and made me want to help.


I absolutely love the navigation of this page. The presentation is in all black and is very calming to my eyes. I think the all black and white layout is admirable and gives more of sad visual to the story. I also admire that the presentation has a text by Suzanne Daley for the introduction. The design of this page is easy to follow. I can click on people’s individual stories along with easily scrolling down to view slideshows of people’s experience with the crisis and I have the option to view photos with a full screen.

Major strengths with this stories packaging is that it makes me feel incredible sadness for these families that are suffering because of their government. This story is also engaging because I have noticed that with most media of the euro crisis, they focus on one specific country and their plans for the future, however, this one focuses on many countries. I get to view photos from individual countries and see how the crisis is affecting them. As I scroll down, I get to see each photo linked to a specific country and this is nice.

I only found a couple weaknesses in this article. I think the presentation abruptly ends. I would like to see more information about Greece because it was the leading country to the European crisis. The presentation gave a great overview to a lot of the countries involved in the crisis, however, left out a couple countries that I would like to know more about such as France and Italy. I think the story could use more information about what solutions the European Union is doing rather than assuming that there is no hope and once again making readers feel uneasy and depressed. I would have definitely brought in more statistics, charts, and maps to the story to fully gain potential.  I think that the story lacked factual information of what leading governments are doing, however, the presentation did a great job with telling the depressing stories of innocent families.




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