CCJ Reports

‘Love Them First’ documentary screening in Macon

‘Love Them First’ documentary screening in Macon

Sonya Green, Engagement Reporter

February 18, 2020

“Anytime anybody sees a child that looks forlorn, lost, scoop ‘em up. Ask questions later but love them first,” says north Minneapolis principal Mauri Melander Friestleben in the documentary “Love Them First.” The film follows a school named for Macon native, Lucy Craft Laney. Laney was...

Peacing Together: “Heal the Hood”

Peacing Together: “Heal the Hood”

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

February 14, 2020

6. That's how many homicides have happened in Macon so far in 2020. Now, a grassroots effort is forming to help “Heal the Hood.” Three pastors from three different churches have come together with one goal in mind -- "Heal the Hood.” The initiative starts next week with a walk across part of...

Peacing Together: Karate Kids

Peacing Together: Karate Kids

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

February 7, 2020

Youth violence can come in many forms, and it often starts as bullying. In fact, in 2017, 49% of children between the ages of 4 and 12 reported being bullied at school, according to stopbullying.gov. Not all kids have super powers like 4-year-old, Raeleigh. But that doesn't mean that a bully can...

Peacing Together: Record Expungement

Peacing Together: Record Expungement

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

February 1, 2020

"I think young people, once they receive a felony on their record, they think their life is over, but their life is not over,” said Macon-Bibb commissioner Al Tillman. Tilman says everyone makes mistakes, especially youth, but a mistake that results in a criminal record can have lasting impact for...

Peacing Together: Trauma 101

Peacing Together: Trauma 101

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

January 17, 2020

Treat the problem and not just the symptom. That’s what the Bibb County School District is hoping to achieve with the help of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “I don’t think that all kids that act out violently are bad kids,” said Miller Fine Arts Magnet School principal...

Peacing Together: Pushing Positivity Through Hip-Hop

Peacing Together: Pushing Positivity Through Hip-Hop

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

January 10, 2020

The topic of music and its power to influence has been debated for decades in homes and mental health forums alike. Can certain songs incite certain behaviors? Be Better. It’s a simple concept being pushed by a rising Macon hip-hop artist to promote being a better person. He’s pushing...

Peacing Together: Macon funeral home offers youth tours to quell violence

Peacing Together: Macon funeral home offers youth tours to quell violence

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 6, 2020

Richard Robinson was barely over 21 when he opened his first funeral home in south Macon. In the three years since starting his own business, the young man from east Macon has seen a disproportionate share of young people among his hometown’s homicide victims. Monday, Robinson joined Macon-Bibb...

Peacing Together: Pilot program at Bibb schools teaches mindful breathing to boost self-control

Peacing Together: Pilot program at Bibb schools teaches mindful breathing to boost self-control

Debbie Blankenship

January 2, 2020

As the morning announcements wrap up, a group of third graders put their hands to their hearts and close their eyes. “Take a deep breath in,” Maria Andrade, a breathing instructor, says to the group. “Exhale. Feel the rhythm of your own breath. Tell yourself what you’re going to need today...

Peacing Together: Westside Neighbors United

Peacing Together: Westside Neighbors United

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

December 13, 2019

A group of people on Macon's west side want to make their neighborhood safer, but they know they can't do it alone. Robberies, gunfire, and blight are just some of the problems crippling the west Macon. Now, people living there are trying to take back their streets, and they're asking elected leaders...

Bibb schools partnering with DA’s office to develop ‘strong kids’ instead of ‘broken adults’

Bibb schools partnering with DA’s office to develop ‘strong kids’ instead of ‘broken adults’

Jenna Eason, The Telegraph

December 9, 2019

William Lewis joined a gang in Clayton County when he was in high school. In his sophomore year, he and other gang members were involved in a fight that left one person with a broken jaw. As a result, Lewis and some of his friends faced multiple years in prison. Back then, Lewis was given an alternative...

Peacing Together: The Cost of Trauma Care

Peacing Together: The Cost of Trauma Care

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

November 14, 2019

When talking about youth violence, there are many costs: the loss of life, opportunity, education, and even a career. But there's another cost not often thought about. Amyre Makupson with Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism goes into the cost of medical care and the financial...

Peacing Together: Barbers on Duty

Peacing Together: Barbers on Duty

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

November 7, 2019

Last week in our Peacing Together report, we showed you how one Macon high school is working to keep teens in school and off of the street. But what about the youth who end up in the justice system and want to start over? Your mother may have told you to not hit, but one Macon man is saying exactly...

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