CCJ Reports

Peacing Together: Movies With a Message

Peacing Together: Movies With a Message

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

March 15, 2020

"Macon has a youth violence problem because of Macon itself," said Carl Myers with Equality Enterprises: After moving here from New York, Myers noticed something. "If you drive around Macon, it's vacant. There's nothing for them to do,” he said. Myers thought that having nothing to do could...

Peacing Together series: Families who have lost loved ones to gun violence

Sonya Green and Amyre Makupson

March 12, 2020

Youth violence is the cause of loss for many families. Data provided by the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff’s office show youth violence is on the rise. According to the data, between March 8, 2016 and July 25, 2019, there were 731 alleged violence crimes in which the suspects identified by the Sherif...

Peacing Together: Parents as Teachers

Peacing Together: Parents as Teachers

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

March 5, 2020

Keeping youth out of the justice system and inside of the classroom, is a task that starts at home. That’s the thought behind the United Way’s “Parents as Teachers” program. “I was kinda going through a little something because I had just had a miscarriage” mother Lykeria Hardnette...

Drum circles; a Ph.D. student’s idea for treating trauma, gets mini-grant funding

Drum circles; a Ph.D. student’s idea for treating trauma, gets mini-grant funding

Yasmeen Hill, Student Journalist

March 5, 2020

Andrea Cooke runs the Cooke Shoppe in Macon, a local store that sells products to promote wellness. She uses drumming and other forms of artistic expression as a therapeutic outlet. “What people don't know about drumming is that it's really good for people who have anxiety who've been severely...

“Love Them First” documentary screening showing as part of Peacing Together project

“Love Them First” documentary screening showing as part of Peacing Together project

Conner Hendricks, Student Journalist

February 27, 2020

Mercer’s Center For Collaborative Journalism will show “Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary” Thursday, February 27 at the Bibb County Schools Professional Learning Center on Riverside Drive. The film is being shown as a part of the Center’s collaborative reporting project called...

Educator Lucy Laney’s descendants work to keep her legacy alive in Macon

Educator Lucy Laney’s descendants work to keep her legacy alive in Macon

Sonya Green, Engagement Reporter

February 26, 2020

The name Lucy Craft Laney is associated with education in Middle Georgia, but for her family, who still live in Macon, there is more to her story that they want people to know. Two of Laney’s great, great, great nephews are carrying on the Laney family legacy through education and creating opportunities...

Peacing Together: “Love Them First”

Peacing Together: “Love Them First”

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

February 26, 2020

“This particular story is about community, it's about growth, it's about acknowledgement, but most important, it's about the resiliency of children,” said Keith Simmons. Simmons is the chief of staff for the Bibb County School District. He says the district got onboard with the screening because...

Peacing Together: “Stop the Killing, Macon”

Peacing Together: “Stop the Killing, Macon”

Amyre Makupson, WMUB News Director

February 21, 2020

“Everyone has gotten tired of it. Everybody is now seeing just serious and how grave this situation is," said Facebook group admin, Nathaniel Jordan. Jordan's Facebook group currently has over 2,600 members. “These members are from high school students all the way to business owners," he said. They've...

‘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...

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