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Behind the South DeKalb Issue

Canopy Atlanta partners with Atlantans to choose, report, and present journalism responding to community needs, helping residents tell stories about the issues that matter most to them.


Canopy Atlanta is paying and training South DeKalb community members—our Fellows—to learn journalism skills over a six-week program. They will work with other journalists to report and write the stories in this issue.  Those Fellows will use their new skills to continue working on behalf of their communities.

To choose the stories in this issue, Canopy connected with South DeKalb community members and convened a South DeKalb Community Editorial Board to help guide story angles.


Canopy Atlanta is transforming how Atlanta’s journalism is produced by partnering with residents to provide information and tell stories about their community. Join us in making sure every Atlantan can access the information they need by supporting our work today.

Meet our South DeKalb Issue team:

Our South DeKalb Fellows will be announced soon!

Workshop Facilitators and Mentors: TBD

Our South DeKalb Community Editorial Board, who applied for the roles in the summer of 2022, will help us refine the story angles in the issue based on feedback collected from South DeKalb community members.

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Amiri Banks
Amiri Banks is an ATL native with three generations of roots reaching across the entire metro area, especially on the West End and in East Atlanta/Decatur. Amiri is also an Afrofuturist, feminist, and writer with a passion for liberation in all forms. He has a deep love for nature, truth-telling, and action.
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Jamye Barnes
Jamye Barnes has a true passion for people, places and pretty things, with a God-given talent for pairing great people with great style. Twenty years in the creative arts industry has afforded Jame the opportunity to work as an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser for some of the leading furniture showrooms and retailers. Jamye's standout accomplishments include an arts degree in merchandising, various roles in interior design, and life and motivation coach.
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Gerald Clay
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Emmanuel Freeman
Emmanuel Freeman is a long term South DeKalb resident. He is a proud Georgia State alumni with a degree in accounting. Freeman previously worked for several state and local agencies. He is retired and enjoys exercising, walking and spending time at Exchange Park.
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Scapegoat Jones
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Shana Laster
Shana Laster has been a proud resident of South Dekalb for nearly 20 years. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Shana moved to Georgia to attend Spelman College and has since made South Dekalb her home. She has leveraged her professional background as an attorney to help other attorneys and career professionals find meaningful work that suits their desired lifestyle. She enjoys reading, cooking, forming meaningful relationships, and the theater arts.
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Alonzo Mahone
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Toni Parker
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Tyree Rush
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Experienced local journalists, photographers, and illustrators will contribute to our South DeKalb Issue, working on stories based on the community’s feedback or in collaboration with South DeKalb Fellows.

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