CCJ Reports

What’s in a Name? Soul food vs. Southern food

What’s in a Name? Soul food vs. Southern food

Aliyah Dorsey, CCJ Student Journalist

January 24, 2019


Filed under Macon Food Story, More Student Work, Showcase, Video

When someone thinks of the South, food is often what comes to mind. Mac and cheese, collard greens, green beans and fried chicken are all hallmarks of what is popularly known as southern food. However, these items can also be classified as soul food. So what is the difference and where did the name...

“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” Exploring the Macon Jewish identity through food

“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” Exploring the Macon Jewish identity through food

Emily Rose Thorne

January 24, 2019


Filed under Macon Food Story, More Student Work, Showcase, Video

When Rabbi Aaron Sataloff moved to Macon from Los Angeles last year, he had to adjust from the vibrant Jewish community he knew to the Southeast, where Jews comprise a tiny minority. To stay connected to his culture, Sataloff decided for the first time to abide by kashrut, a set of laws in the Jewish faith that applie...

Children across Macon are food insecure. One organization is keeping them fed

Children across Macon are food insecure. One organization is keeping them fed

Yasmeen Hill, CCJ Student Journalist

January 24, 2019


Filed under Macon Food Story, More Student Work, Showcase, Video

Pencils, paper, notebooks and homework are all things that can be found in child’s backpack, but in recent years the Backpack Ministry has turned this grade school essential into a solution to community-wide food insecurity. Macon-Bibb has the third highest rate of concentrated poverty in the nation, which has resul...

Being vegan in the south

Being vegan in the south

Nadia Pressley, CCJ Student Journalist

January 24, 2019


Filed under Macon Food Story, More Student Work, Showcase, Video

Tiyana Chaney began her vegan journey in 2014 after deciding to slowly remove animal products from her diet for physical and mental health reasons. Now that Tiyana Cha has been strictly vegan for over a year, finding local restaurants that cater to her diet is a challenge. “I will bring my own food...

Over one million Georgia residents are hungry. Deer hunters are trying to fix that

Over one million Georgia residents are hungry. Deer hunters are trying to fix that

Samantha Max, Telegraph/Report for America corp member

November 5, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story, Showcase

EATONTON, GA - On a crisp late October morning, Drew Copeland and a team of helpers hung a hundred-pound buck from the ceiling of his shed and sliced open its torso. A pile of organs and blood spilled onto the cement floor. “We wash and clean a lot,” he said with a laugh. Copeland’s not afraid...

Breaking down the news

Breaking down the news

Samantha Max, Telegraph/Report for America corp member

November 2, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story, Showcase

Are you confused by the news? Do you want to learn more about how journalists research and write stories? Telegraph reporter Samantha Max is here to answer your questions! She’ll be breaking down the news with readers on Facebook Live, starting this month. If you want to join her, email [email protected]

Six months after Kroger closes, what’s left for residents to feed their families?

Six months after Kroger closes, what’s left for residents to feed their families?

Samantha Max, Telegraph/Report for America corp member

October 29, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story, Showcase

MACON, GA - Grocery shopping is no longer an easy errand for west Macon resident Angelica Williams. She sometimes spends two hours on two different buses to get to the Kroger in north Macon. It used to take her 30 minutes on the bus to reach the Pio Nono Avenue location before it closed in ...

‘Everybody knows you by name’ at this small town soul food and seafood restaurant

‘Everybody knows you by name’ at this small town soul food and seafood restaurant

Justin Baxley, Telegraph Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story, Showcase

JEFFERSONVILLE, GA - The Kountry Kitchen & Seafood restaurant serves up more than just soul food. It also dishes out a hearty side of community. “I basically come here for the home feeling. Everybody knows you by name,” customer Tameka Walker said. Located on Magnolia Street in Je...

How good can a cafeteria meal be? This is what an $8 school lunch looks like

How good can a cafeteria meal be? This is what an $8 school lunch looks like

Samantha Max, Telegraph/Report for America corp member

September 16, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story, Showcase

MACON, GA - The scent of fresh-baked biscuits filled the kitchen at Stratford Academy on a September morning. While one cafeteria helper loaded trays of bacon into the oven for the upcoming breakfast break, two others chopped up piles of squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts. In the Stratford cafeteria,...

An exploration of southern food

An exploration of southern food

Sonya Green, Engagement Reporter

September 4, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story

When I returned back to the South in 2017 after several years of living in the Pacific Northwest, the thing I was most excited about was sweet tea. In the movie, Steel Magnolias, sweet tea is referred to as the "house wine of the South." Never were truer words spoken. Sweet tea reminds me of my family co...

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