Before this assignment, I believed that captions should be funny or quirky and that it did not take much thought to whip one up quickly. I also believed that captions were the sole responsibility of the photographer, but this week's assignment showed me otherwise.
Photos are what pull readers in, so it is more likely that the caption will be read before anything in the actual article; the caption is what will make readers want to move onto the article. This fact alone is why the caption has to contain more information than just a cute and quirky caption.
Every caption should consist of the 5 W's and one H, which are, who, what, when, where, why and how. By including these elements, the reader knows right off the bat what an article will be about and they will know right away if this article is in their range of interests. No matter how great a photo is, it is imperative that there be an informational caption, captions only add to a photo.