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The Clayton Crescent boldly stepped into the gap when Clayton County faced the prospect of becoming a news desert in 2020. We were able to do so thanks to the generous financial support of readers and civic-minded donors like you.

Black Lives Matter march from Southlake Mall to Morrow City Hall, June 2020. Photo: Robin Kemp/The Clayton Crescent
The Clayton Crescent’s Robin Kemp was thrown out of a Forest Park City Council meeting. She went back again. And again.

Watchdog journalism

We’ve held local government accountable when it sought to shut out the press and public from open meetings, taught local citizens how to navigate the Open Records process, covered unprecedented demonstrations in Clayton County and the Southern Crescent, reported on election returns and the Georgia Assembly, investigated allegations of lax COVID-19 precautions and physical abuse in the Clayton County Jail, asked why renters on the former Fort Gillem base say they were not informed of nearby toxic contamination, pushed for county officials to released COVID-19 figures by city during the height of the pandemic, and continue to make the rounds of city and county elected board meetings.

We get results

The Clayton Crescent’s aggressive reporting has made a difference in the civic participation of area residents. We shine a light on problems that others prefer to cover up.

With the help of the UGA Law First Amendment Clinic, The Clayton Crescent’s Robin Kemp got the city of Forest Park to install and staff a professional livestream so citizens could both see and hear their elected officials during COVID-19–and beyond.

Since then, both Forest Park and Clayton County have also launched portals for tracking Open Records requests from journalists and members of the public.

The Clayton Crescent does the legwork to connect citizens with the resources that matter. That includes our original mapping of little free libraries around the county as well as our Reading Room, a curated page of Clayton-specific government, legal, and historic records, and the 2021 Citizens’ Sunshine Workshop that empowered local residents with in-depth Open Records and Open Meetings information. We’re planning more community workshops at their request.

The Clayton Crescent is the only local news source providing these vital services on a consistent basis.

The Clayton Crescent’s Robin Kemp was recognized by Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism as its 2021 Media Changemaker for her coverage of the November 2020 Presidential election and for her efforts to ensure that Clayton County and the Southern Crescent do not become a news desert.

Clayton County and the Southern Crescent aren’t the only ones depending on The Clayton Crescent. Our enterprise reporting sets the tone for other news organizations inside the Perimeter. Our local, national, and international colleagues respect what we do and how we do it, pick up stories we break, and recognize us as the leading news authority on what’s happening in Clayton County.

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