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What does the food you eat say about the life you live?

Orange cookies that have been passed down through five generations of Sarah Gerwig-Moore's family.

Sonya Green

July 3, 2018

Food is more than sustenance. Food is life. It’s history and culture that’s ever-evolving in the changing world. What the food you eat says about the life you live. Join the Center for Collaborative Journalism and our partners at The Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting Macon and 13WMAZ for our project, Macon Food Story...

Your Food Story: Hummingbird Cake

Mindy Hart shares her family recipe for Hummingbird Cake.

Gillian Brown, Erica Degue and Cassidy Herin, CCJ Digital Campers

July 3, 2018

Do you have a great story about an old family recipe? Or maybe a favorite dish you like to make that represents you and your family? The Center for Collaborative Journalism is looking for volunteers to share their stories this year as part of a video series on "Your Food Story." If you are interested ...

Your Food Story: Chili Pack

Your Food Story: Chili Pack

By Gabrielle Jones, Colette Kania and Kalijah Rahming, CCJ Digital Campers

June 22, 2018

Every few months, William Ayears begins to crave a favorite childhood dish. While he was in elementary school in Sherman, Texas, his mother introduced him to a Frito-Lay Corn Chip Chili Pack, which he shared with his brother, Rodney, on many an afternoon. The tasty and convenient treat “was one...

Have real estate agents contributed to Bibb school segregation?

Seth Clark and his family recently moved back to Macon from Atlanta . They bought a house in the Vineville neighborhood even though he said the selling agents emphasized crime and problems with the public schools in the area.

Jenna Eason, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 30, 2017

When Lisa Mayfield was moving to Macon 20 years ago, she told her real estate agent she was going to send her children to public school, but her agent advised against it. “We were strong supporters of the public school system, and she said, ‘Well if that's the case, then you want to be in this...

Class of 1977 recalls the early years of segregation

December 26, 2017

Members of Central’s class of 1977 were among the first Macon children to spend all or most of their school years in racially integrated schools. At the 40-year reunion, several Central High alums recalled those days of integration. .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe...

They were among the first to integrate. Here’s what Central High’s class of ’77 learned

Rufus Bundridge, third from left, at the class reunion for Central High School’s class of 1977.

Adam Ragusea, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 26, 2017

Avis Felts and Fred Frost hadn’t seen each other since they graduated Central High School in Macon in 1977. But when they reunited at Healy Point Country Club at their recent 40-year class reunion, they picked up where they had started in the fourth grade at Alexander IV Elementary: as fast friends. Frost...

What would Bibb schools’ racial makeup be if everyone went to their zoned school?

Maggie Lee

December 20, 2017

These maps show roughly where Bibb children live and which schools serve them. Each dot stands for three children who lived within a small area called a “Census Block Group” in 2010. Elementary School zones black white other race or multiracial NOTES While it’s not a dot on ea...

How do parents choose the right school for their children?

How do parents choose the right school for their children?

Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 18, 2017

The Center For Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) faculty, staff and students joined The Telegraph and GPB in a community engagement project that began in 2016 to examine our community’s experience with the nationwide trend of racial resegregation in schools. We held public forums to explore the history...

Kelly Neal

Mitch Jaugstetter and Paige Hill, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017

Kelly Neal works in Macon but lives in Jones County so her two children with intellectual disabilities can attend a public school that can accommodate them.

Christie Freeman

Jastine Alaan and Jiali Chen, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017

Christie Freeman is a mother of five raising one child of a different race. Freeman wants to raise her children in a diverse, integrated setting.

Sloan Oliver

Dylan Malamala and Sam Jacobs, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017

Sloan Oliver reflected on public education. Oliver lived in Macon-Bibb county but moved to Monroe County because of the quality of education.

Kristin Hanlon

Adelia Henderson and Jade Thompson, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017

Kristin Hanlon's family made a strategic purchase in the Rutland zone in 1999 to send her children to the public school of her choice.

The Macon Newsroom features work from the collaboration among Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, 13WMAZ, Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Telegraph
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