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Why we (and you) vote: Local offices

Voting is hard. It’s a slog that doesn’t feel like it pays off in the end. Like bad sex. We may be participating in America’s great democratic experiment, but it doesn’t seem like our contribution matters. We understand how frustrating and meaningless it can feel.

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COVID Diaries: One Day at a Time

With no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, many working and learning from home struggle to have a productive day while in close proximity to the comforts of their beds. Thankfully, there are a multitude of strategies to maximize the work day, even if it’s spent at home.

COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus lockdowns end.
COVID-19 has ripped through the industry. In the United States alone, over 36,000 journalists have lost their jobs, been furloughed or had their pay cut.

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How COVID-19 Impacts Those With HIV

In America, over 1 million people live with HIV. Georgia in particular has been going through an HIV epidemic for quite some time. Since 2018, an HIV epidemic has been the status for Atlanta especially. In fact, according to Emory University, there are locations in the Atlanta area where the HIV rate is six-to-eight percent higher than other cities in the entire country.

Electoral College benefits whiter states, study shows

Though the Electoral College has changed since it was first used to elect George Washington to the presidency in 1789, my research shows that the system continues to give more power to states whose populations are whiter and more racially resentful.

Y’all asked, we answered: Why you should vote

When it comes to our democratic election process, readers wanted to know the “why’s” of voting. Why should one vote?
The AY team collectively came together to answer this inquiry and honestly? We get it. Our one vote oft-seems meaningless if not useless, things appear to be outside our control, the list goes on. No less…

What are political parties’ platforms – and do they matter?

Political parties’ platforms – their statements of where they stand on issues – get little respect. President Donald Trump mused recently that he might shrink his party’s platform from 66 pages in 2016 to a single page in 2020. Even as far back as 1996, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole claimed he had never read his party’s platform. Nor do Democratic Party platforms – such as the draft released July 22 – usually make the best-seller list.

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

In case 2020 wasn’t dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian and Apple, among others. Each hijacked account posted a similar fake message. The high-profile individual or company wanted to philanthropically give back to the community during COVID-19 and would double any donations made to a bitcoin wallet, identical messages said. The donations followed.
The hack on the surface may appear to be a run-of-the-mill financial scam. But the breach has chilling implications for democracy.

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

As a researcher who studies how communications technologies are used during crises, I’ve found that this mix of information types makes it difficult for people, including those who build and run online platforms, to distinguish an organic rumor from an organized disinformation campaign. And this challenge is not getting any easier as efforts to understand and respond to COVID-19 get caught up in the political machinations of this year’s presidential election.

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How’re we doing, Atlanta?

No, we’re not asking for feedback here – literally, how are you doing, today? How’re you feeling today? The current mental health space of our city’s people.

10 Cozy COVID-friendly fall activities

Obviously, fall is going to look a little different this year with COVID-19 still looming large across the U.S. However, that doesn’t mean you’ve got to sacrifice your favorite fall activities. So, here are ten fall activities to indulge in that are fun and safe. If you’re a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things cozy and autumnal during this magical season, this list is for you.

Georgia Teacher Upset With School Reopenings​

As schools reopen across Georgia, school districts are allowing important decisions to be heavily influenced by parents while teacher’s safety concerns go unheard.

Biases in algorithms hurt those looking for information on health

Several public health agencies, such as state health departments, have invested resources in YouTube as a channel for health communication. Patients with chronic health conditions especially rely on social media, including YouTube videos, to learn more about how to manage their conditions.
But video recommendations on such sites could exacerbate preexisting disparities in health.

Election debacles: A closer look at Georgia’s voting system

On June 9, 2020, Georgia held their primary election, which opened at 7 a.m. Complications included a long laundry list I won’t bore you with, but it’s obvious that Georgia has some work to do. So how can we remedy these issues? By understanding who to hold accountable.