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Rayshard Brooks protests at Wendy’s

Rayshard Brooks protests at Downtown Wendy’s UPDATED: June 28, 2020 at 7:56 p.m. Protestors created a memorial leaving flowers, shirts, balloons, and gifts at the Wendy’s on University Ave where Rayshard Brooks was killed. Hagen McMenemy | Avant-Youth A digital billboard at “Ground Zero” honoring George Floyd.  Hagen McMenemy |

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Recent Nurse Graduate Starts Career During Pandemic, Emphasizes Relationships

Lauren Townsend felt confident that the Lord had called her into nursing, but she didn’t quite realize exactly what that would entail starting her career in a global pandemic.
She said she felt thankful and excited to have gotten this job in February because in March, the hospital stopped hiring due to low funds.

The COVID-19 Quarantine Can Exacerbate Domestic Violence Situations; Here’s How You Can be a Much-Needed Ally to Survivors

“I have yet to talk to a victim of domestic violence that hasn’t come to believe her middle name is ‘Bitch’ because that’s what she’s called all the time,” said Nancy Friauf, president of Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
While domestic violence often starts with emotional abuse, it can snowball into other forms. Multiply that times 10 during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Day-to-Day coverage of the Black Lives Matter Protests in Atlanta

Since May 29, we’ve been hitting the streets every day to capture the #BlackLivesMatter protests. From May 30 to June 8 (when Governor Kemp pulled the National Guard), we captured the protests progression, as well as the sentiment of the people. Georgia has seen pockets of #BlackLivesMatter protests all throughout the state, though most concentrated in the capitol of Atlanta

Georgia 2020 Primaries Guide

Election season is gearing up once again with the approaching primaries. Prepare your eyes and ears for the onslaught of political ads and flyers that are sure to start ramping as we get closer to November.

Georgia Nurses Need Our Help as Hospitals Run Dangerously Low on PPE

“Hospitals are following current CDC best practices and encouraging our nurses, physicians and other clinical staff to adhere to the recommended PPE conservation methods to ensure their own safety as hospitals cope with the shortage.”
The situation isn’t as simple as just “following procedures.” Procedures can’t be fully followed if they don’t have enough PPE.

#AtlantaProtest2020

On Friday May 29, 2020, organizers for #AtlForUs planned a peaceful protest and march to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. What was intended to be a civil, socially distant march metamorphosed into something else entirely.

Aiming for novelty in coronavirus coverage, journalists end up sensationalizing the trivial and untrue

For centuries, what has made news valuable and news organizations profitable has been the speed at which journalists collect and disseminate information.
This is useful for both commerce and public service. But the rush for novelty can prioritize sensationalism over depth, and elevate the newest tidbit of information over more important reporting.
When novelty replaces context, the ironic result is a less-informed but more up-to-date public.

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Class of 2020 – Are the Kids Really Alright?

For seniors, the spring semester typically means prom, senioritis, and graduation, a highly celebrated rite of passage into adulthood. Sadly, due to the persisting danger of having so many people gathered together, the class of 2020 will be missing the chance to celebrate this momentous occasion with their friends and family.

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Stuck in the Middle: how Coronavirus Impacted College Students

College students across the country found themselves devastated and quite frankly, ignored. Like many people, their plans were cut short or cancelled altogether. There were no more classes, no formals, no more studying in the library and no graduation. While these all seem minuscule in the grand scheme of things, they were important to the individuals involved.

More Money On The Horizon?

“I’m definitely happy about getting this check. I did not expect my job to close its doors, and we don’t know when it will be back to normal. I just look at it as $1200 more dollars than I had before, so I’m just patiently waiting,” said Jenelle Elle, a 24-year-old Atlanta IT Consultant.

Sexual Assault: What to know and expect if (and when) you go to court

Surviving sexual assault does not end at the hospital, especially if a victim decides to press charges. Should an individual decide to go to court, there’s information they should know. I sat down with Jude Claire Jason, a Dekalb county magistrate judge, to learn about how sexual assault cases might be handled in the courtroom.