Sunday, December 27, 2015

When Inaction Kills

In active shooter situations, overcoming the “freeze” of terror can be a life or death matter. Police officials and legal consultants discuss the grim consequences associated with a lack of preparation, and what can be done to better train citizens for the unthinkable.

FATAL NUMBERS: Marietta Police Department Lt. Brian Marshall points out discrepancies in the body count of the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre based on the specific actions taken by the victims at a Dec. 20 seminar in the suburbs of Atlanta. (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

For Many Georgians, DFCS Remains A Barrier to Medicaid

Since 2013, thousands of Georgians dependent on Division of Family and Children Services have reported lackluster customer service and telecommunications problems, resulting in extensive delays - and in some cases, outright cancellations - of critical Medicaid benefits. To improve processing, the state is migrating away from the much-maligned 'Georgia One' model to a new multi-agency, consolidated system. But does the $100 million investment get to the heart of the problems plaguing DFCS clients for the last two years?
TOTALLY DEPENDENT: 56-year-old Douglasville, Georgia resident Lisa Allrid has been disabled for more than 10 years. Mentally impaired by sarcoidosis, she is unable to navigate the Medicaid renewal process by herself; were here benefits to lapse, friend Jennifer DeLaune said the consequences could be catastrophic. (Photo Credit: Jennifer DeLaune)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Even in Frigid Weather, Sanders Supporters in Atlanta 'Feel the Bern'

A few days before Thanksgiving, thousands flocked to the Fox Theatre to hear from the Democratic presidential hopeful. Uncommon Journalism spoke with some of Atlanta's most ardent Bernie Sanders supporters to find out why the septuagenarian candidate has so many millennial voters stirred up.

PACKING IT IN: Columbia, South Carolina merchant James Quattlebaum, 50, made a mint off his assorted Pro-Sanders wares at the Nov. 23 rally in Atlanta - that is, until the APD reminded him of the city's street vending licensing requirements. (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Faith, Family and Faygo: Inside the Juggalo Subculture

Disrespected, disparaged and derided in most media depictions, fans of the cult act Insane Clown Posse maintain they are mercilessly misrepresented, misinterpreted and misjudged. At a recent concert in Atlanta, Uncommon Journalism spoke with several fans about what they perceive as the greatest misconceptions and mistruths about the oft-maligned – and oft-misunderstood – Juggalo community.

THE DARK CARNIVAL ARRIVES: A sea of adoring Juggalos and Juggalettes go wild for "horrorcore" hip-hop artists The Insane Clown Posse at a Nov. 10 concert in Atlanta. (Photo credit: James Swift)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Changing the Dialogue in Mental Health Reporting

Pulitzer Prize winners, former cable news executives and local treatment providers recently gathered in Atlanta to discuss the media's depiction of mental illness, and what the industry can do to paint a more accurate portrait of those with disorders.

From left to right: Dr . Ray Kotwicki, Misty Williams, Andy Miller and Rebecca Palpant Shimkets at the Carter Center presentation "Words Matter: Talking About Mental Health" in Atlanta on Oct. 5. (Photo Credit: James Swift) 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Leaving at the Top of His Game

Dave Barry ran one of the most shared and tweeted comedy sports sites on the Web, only to unexpectedly walk away from his own creation earlier this year. In this exclusive interview, Uncommon Journalism asks Barry why -- ahead of the 2015-16 NFL season -- he pulled the plug on ProFootballMock

THE MAN BEHIND THE MOCK: ProFootballMock founder Dave Barry with his children, Nick and Dylan. (Photo Credit: Dave Barry)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cult-Fave Writer Jim Goad Explores Idaho and Anti-Rural Sentiment

The Taki’s Magazine columnist and author of The Redneck Manifesto takes a look at the intriguing culture of America’s least heralded state in the new e-book Potatoes on the Moon.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Some Strings Attached

New York’s Catalysta seeks to promote corporate responsibility and sustainability through a unique venture -- a new web series starring an all-puppet cast. 

From left, MunchCo Calling! co-stars Olivia Kinter, Danny Burstein and Alexandra Hellquist (Photograph courtesy Catalysta LLC.)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

In Wake of Chattanooga Attack, A Community Mourns Fallen Marine

In the northern suburbs of Atlanta, locals reflect on the life of one of five slain in the July 16 terrorist attack. 

A memorial placard was placed inside the visitor's center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to honor local Skip Wells. The 21-year-old was one of five United States military personnel killed in the July 16 Navy Operational Support Center attack in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Deep in Dixie, Supporters Rally Around the Confederate Flag

Uncommon Journalism speaks with several demonstrators, who claim the controversial symbol signifies not hate, but heritage.

Deamon Strong, 24, waves a Confederate battle flag at a recent demonstration held in the suburbs of metro-Atlanta. (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Child Cancer Experts Say More Research Funding Critical

Despite promising new treatments and biomarker breakthroughs, researchers and foundation executives alike say the financial resources invested in potentially life-saving studies and trials remain inadequate.

 Founder and CEO Dean Crowe poses for a photograph with a few of her foundation's Rally Kids. (Photograph courtesy Christen Patterson of the Rally Foundation)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Can the Bluff be Revitalized Without Being Gentrified?

Atlanta city officials and community organization leaders discuss past success in the Old Fourth Ward and East Lake, and how similar strategies may be used to rehabilitate Atlanta’s most dangerous neighborhood. 

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, left, and East Lake Foundation President Daniel Shoy, Jr., were among the speakers at a recent Atlanta Press Club event, titled "Breaking Cycles of Poverty While Gentrifying with a Heart." (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Video Interview with Billy Mitchell

Uncommon Journalism speaks with the competitive video gaming icon about his passion for the medium and how he really feels about his depiction in documentaries such as “The King of Kong” and “Chasing Ghosts.”

Billy Mitchell signs autographs at a classic video game expo in Atlanta. (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Why are One-out-of 30 U.S. Children Experiencing Homelessness?

According to a recent report, 2.5 million children in the United States were classified as homeless in 2013. Uncommon Journalism speaks with Center for Social Innovation founder Dr. Ellen Bussak about the factors leading to child homelessness, and the policy changes she believes are needed to solve the problem.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sherman’s Second March

Political unknown Jefferson Sherman recently threw his hat into the 2016 presidential race. Uncommon Journalism speaks with the Maryland republican about why he is a running, and the message he wants his campaign to send to the Washington establishment. 

The next President of the United States? Republican hopeful Jeff Sherman said he looks to send a message to "career politicians" with his 2016 grassroots campaign. (Photograph courtesy Jeff Sherman)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Verizon, GEMA Form Disaster Response Partnership

How the public and private sector is working together in Georgia to ensure wireless communications remain steady in emergency situations.

Verizon Wireless senior technician Mike House shows off the hardware housed at a suburban Atlanta switch facility. (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finding Lily’s Place

To address suburban poverty, a metro-Atlanta college student has plans for a new nonprofit emphasizing the social service needs of single mothers and their children.
Lily's Place founder Tina Balestier.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Determining Depravity: Can Evil Be Legally Defined?

For nearly two decades, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner has sought a way to help jurors, judges and prosecutors make more informed decisions in cases involving "heinous" crimes. Now, he is asking the public to help refine an instrument with potentially far-reaching implications on the United States legal system.

Since 1998, Dr. Michael Welner has worked on "The Depravity Standard," an instrument designed to weigh and differentiate crimes based upon several factors, including actions, intent and victimology. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What Really Happened Inside Hotel Rwanda?

Uncommon Journalism speaks with a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, who claims the actions of Paul Rusesabagina were anything but heroic. 

Edouard Kayihura was one of the 1,200 plus refugees who sought safety inside the Hotel des Mille Collines during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The 2004 film "Hotel Rwanda," he said, is rife with inaccuracies, including its gallant depiction of Paul Rusesabagina.