CCJ Reports

What is ASMR?

What is ASMR?

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

March 2, 2019


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Lifestyle, Local

Over the past few months, a new trend has swept the internet. Videos of people whispering gently into a microphone or tapping on glass and other surfaces have become widely popular. After watching these videos many people have described feeling a deep, relaxing sensation. This is called ASMR. ASMR i...

The History of Black History Month: An Explainer

The History of Black History Month: An Explainer

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Local

Black History Month is the annual celebration of black creators and influencers who have shaped not only American history but world history as well. But where did this tradition come from? Black History month is the creation of Harvard graduate and historian Carter G. Woodson, during the fifteenth...

How to Meal Prep Painlessly

How to Meal Prep Painlessly

Laurel Huster, Contributing Writer

February 21, 2019


Filed under A&E, EngageCCJ, Explainers, Food, Lifestyle, Lists, Local

When you hear the words “meal prepping” many different things may come to mind. For some, they think of ridiculously healthy food and spending hours in the kitchen. For others, meal prepping may just be making a grocery store list and sticking to it. No matter what you think about meal prepping...

Just Curious: What Is Macon Vegans Meetup?

Just Curious: What Is Macon Vegans Meetup?

Lacee Getter, 13WMAZ Intern

February 13, 2019


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Food, Just Curious, Lifestyle, Local, Macon Food Story, More Student Work

In the last decade there's been substantial growth in the population of people transitioning into eating a plant-based diet. Now what is a plant-based or vegan diet? It's when someone does not consume meat, dairy, eggs or any form of animal byproducts into their diet. Gigi Weaver, the founder of Macon Ve...

What’s the difference between Peppermint and Spearmint?

What’s the difference between Peppermint and Spearmint?

Ryan Weaver, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under A&E, EngageCCJ, Explainers, Food, Lifestyle, Local

The two are often lumped together as the same thing, but there are distinct differences between the two. For starters, the two are derived from different species of plants even though they look identical. The spearmint is derived from Mentha spicata while peppermint is derived from Mentha piperita. ...

An Explainer: Soul Food

An Explainer: Soul Food

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

December 2, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Food, Macon Food Story

David Davis, Associate Director of the Spencer B. King, Jr., Center for Southern Studies at Mercer University talks about the ties between black culture and soul food. He discusses how it is a marker when looking at black identity and how soul food can be a controversial topic....

Explainer: E-waste disposal in Africa

Explainer: E-waste disposal in Africa

Camryn Jackson, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers

A study completed by the United Nations stated that western corporations and businesses have distributed their e-waste onto African countries, such as Ghana for years now. Many Africans are affected by an abundance of waste and trash that does not even belong to them. This is affecting their da...

An Explainer: Parking in Downtown Macon

An Explainer: Parking in Downtown Macon

Mahima Sultan, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Lifestyle, Local

Downtown Macon recently joined the growing list of cities that no longer provides free parking in their downtown area. When the new parking meters were introduced in July, people had many questions regarding the meter. And some people are still confused on how to use them correctly. This explainer will ans...

A Brief History: “Dungeons and Dragons”

A Brief History: “Dungeons and Dragons”

Chas Pridgen, Contributing Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under A&E, EngageCCJ, Explainers, Lifestyle

In today’s reboot culture, it’s not just TV and movies that are getting pulled off the shelves and dusted off. There has been a resurgence of the tabletop RPG (role-playing game) “Dungeons & Dragons” that has quickly spread throughout pop culture. How did D&D first come about? “Dung...

An Explainer: Macon Mayhem’s Ice

An Explainer: Macon Mayhem’s Ice

K.J. Lemoine, Contributing Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under A&E, EngageCCJ, Explainers, Lifestyle, Local

With the ice hockey season quickly approaching, it’s going to get a little colder at the Macon Coliseum as the Macon Mayhem get ready to take the ice. I asked Game Day Operations Director, Collin Mitchell about what goes into putting the ice down at the Coliseum for the start of the season. Water it down...

An Explainer: The Rules of Cricket

An Explainer: The Rules of Cricket

Ryan Weaver, Contributing Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Lifestyle, Sports

Most Americans have heard of Cricket and know what it looks like when it is played, but few understand how the game is actually played. This guide will help teach you a little about cricket so that if you ever catch a clip of it on the internet or are stuck in an international airport and it’s the...

An Explainer: Self-Care

An Explainer: Self-Care

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Lifestyle, Local

Self-care is not a new idea, but the popularity of the concept has grown recently. According to Google Trends, after the 2016 election, Google searches for “self-care” reached a five-year high. Self-care has ties to the feminist movement. In 1988, Audre Lorde in her book “A Burst of Light” said, “Car...

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