Saturday, October 18, 2014

Are the West Memphis Three Guilty as Charged?

Despite being released from prison, a large online contingent still believes a trio of Arkansas men are responsible for the slaying of three young children. Uncommon Journalism speaks with two prominent "non-believers" who feel the subjects of "Paradise Lost" and "West of Memphis" remain guilty of cold-blooded murder.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tales of a Renegade Teen Publisher

Like Kerouac and the Beats before him, Books & Shovels founder Jeremiah Walton finds himself on the road to spread an avant-garde, counter-cultural message. But are the masses ready for this indie wunderkind, and much more importantly, will he have enough money for gas?

Jeremiah Walton, the 19-year-old busker, is taking his countercultural poetry all over the United States. (Photograph courtesy of "Capt'n" Lynn Thornton.)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

How Do You Protect Kids from Cyberbullying?

A new study gives parents more reasons to be concerned about their children’s online safety. Uncommon Journalism speaks with an Internet safety expert on the best ways to protect teens and adolescents in cyberspace. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Critical Look at Common Core

Uncommon Journalism speaks with a representative of the Foundation for Critical Thinking about the controversial education standards.

Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS.) Recently, Oklahoma and South Carolina approved legislation replacing CCSS, with North Carolina pushing bills that would that would require major revisions to its CCSS curricula. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Inside, and Insight Into, the Men's Rights Movement

Uncommon Journalism speaks to several Men’s Rights Activists about the controversial movement, and why they believe they are being grossly misrepresented and misinterpreted by the media at large.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Link Between Autism and Mass Murder?

In the wake of Elliot Rodger’s rampage, researchers speak with Uncommon Journalism about the possible links between autism spectrum disorders and murderous behavior. 
Mass murderer Elliot Rodger was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at a very young age. According to a new report, individuals with similar neurodevelopmental disorders may make up a considerable minority of the total mass killer population.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Battling Mental Illness: Internally, and Socially

In rural Georgia, a woman speaks about the difficulties of accessing mental healthcare and why improved services could be a matter of life or death for those in need of treatment. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SPLC Files Complaint on Behalf of Alabama Poultry Workers

Citing numerous OSHA violations, the Southern Poverty Law Center is urging the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate the practices of a Deep South chicken processing plant.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Jailhouse Librarian’s Journey

With the release of her debut memoir, Marybeth Zeman speaks to Uncommon Journalism about her quest to change the nation’s juvenile justice system “one book at a time”

Sunday, May 4, 2014

In the Bible Belt, Atheists Take on the National Day of Prayer

A crew of metro-Atlanta atheists traveled to a small suburban community to protest this year's National Day of Prayer. Demonstrators and locals alike share their thoughts on the annual event, addressing whether or not the observation discriminates against nonbelievers.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Illusion of Democracy?

Of the people, by the people, for the people? Researchers at Northwestern and Princeton question the impact -- and even the existence -- of populism as a force in modern U.S. politics.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Getting the Words Out

A Bay-Area youth program is reaching out to the Web to help distribute copies of a writing journal to residents in juvenile halls all across the United States. 

Photograph courtesy of San Francisco WritersCorps

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fans and a Fallen Icon

Seven years after one of pro wrestling’s grimmest tragedies, a researcher in the U.K. is asking fans how they remember Chris Benoit, and what they believe WWE should do to manage his troubling legacy.

Chris Benoit, seen here performing at Baghdad International Airport in 2003. Less than four years later, Benoit would kill his wife and youngest son, then himself, in a tragedy that still resonates with pro wrestling fans all around the world.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How to Survive a Mass Shooting

One of the nation’s leading organizational safety experts addresses what employers can do to better prepare for the unimaginable. 

Today, a monument stands in Edmond, Okla. where, in 1986, 14 people were gunned down in the deadliest workplace shooting in U.S. history.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Boy Who Graduated From Hell

As a teen, Michael Anderson experienced horrific abuse at the hands of an infamous south Florida reform school. Now in his 60s, he tells his story of immense suffering -- and redemption -- to Uncommon Journalism

Photograph courtesy of Michael Anderson.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tent Cities, the Law and Finding a Solution to U.S. Homelessness

A new report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty takes a look at encampments, current state and federal legislation and the possible international remedies to inadequate and unaffordable housing.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Memories of Metro

Now on the verge of his 20s, a young man who spent time at an Atlanta detention center recalls his experiences, and how they have impacted him as a fledgling adult.

Photograph courtesy of Ric Frye.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

In Georgia, Electronic Overhaul Has DFCS Clients Seeing Red

Dropped telephone calls, delayed letters and a less than user-friendly automated system have many families in the Peach State outraged. Uncommon Journalism speaks to several people that have reported difficulties with the new statewide system, and what they believe DFCS officials should do to rectify the agency’s problems. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

How Big Name Ad Support is Fueling Online Piracy Profits

According to a new report, sites specializing in illegal content distribution are generating astounding ad revenues, with many brand name advertisers cropping up on Torrent portal sites and DDL indexes. Uncommon Journalism speaks with several experts and analysts about how primary brand advertising has turned online content theft into big business, and what possible legal ramifications may await advertisers themselves. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Frostbitten, Twice Shy

Georgia was better prepared for second slate of abnormally intense winter weather, but residents still say the state has much to improve regarding emergency preparedness and responses.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Unforeseen Consequences?

A component of Georgia’s recently retooled juvenile code has some in the state  concerned. Will HB 242 provisions place additional stress on Georgia’s foster care system?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

How Can After School Programs Complement Common Core?

Across the nation, extracurricular programming seeks to better prepare youth for tougher testing. Uncommon Journalism takes a look at three innovative out-of-school time operations that are prepping students for more rigorous requirements. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bullying Expert Addresses Challenges, Best Practices for Autistic Students

The international bestselling author discusses the dynamics of student harassment, with an emphasis on children with autism spectrum disorders.

Photograph courtesy of Kids are Worth It! Inc.

Sunday, January 12, 2014