My name is Stuart Humphreys and I am a Journalism student at East Tennessee State University. This is my Independent Study, "Populous," which will be a collection of writing and photography that I will be doing this semester. The focus of Populous is to look at issues that affect peoples' lives and give them a voice. Throughout the semester I will be reporting on various economic trends and speaking with local people to see how their lives are being affected. I will also be doing photography that will hopefully add to the overall aesthetic.