The Clayton Crescent Inc

Jonesboro, GA   |  http://claytoncrescent.org

Mission

We serve the public interest by covering news in Clayton County and the Southern Crescent, particularly those geographical and topical areas historically (and currently) less-served by traditional news organizations. We exist to inform the public about policies and actions that impact them directly or indirectly, with special attention to elected and appointed officials and bodies. We investigate alleged corruption by those in power. We cover those communities historically ignored by the local press, including marginalized groups and unincorporated areas with no city government. We strive to connect citizens to their elected officials on matters of substance.

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Ruling year info

2021

Executive Editor/CEO

Robin Kemp

Board Member/Advisor

Richard Griffiths

Main address

118 Stockbridge Rd Suite 106

Jonesboro, GA 30236 USA

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EIN

85-1134444

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

2021 Citizens' Sunshine Workshop

Representatives of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and the Atlanta Press Club joined The Clayton Crescent’s executive editor and CEO, Robin Kemp, for this free and informative webinar. Participants learned what the Georgia Open Records Act is, how to use it, how to file an effective Open Records request, what to do with that information, what the Georgia Open Meetings Act is, and what to do in case of a violation. They also gained access to additional resources to help them shine some light on their government at the local, county, state, and federal levels.

The workshop was recommended for anyone in Clayton County and the Southern Crescent who wants to learn more about how citizens can hold their elected officials accountable and the role of a free press in open government, especially residents of unincorporated areas.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of European descent
People of Latin American descent
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Media Changemaker Award 2021

Mercer University Center for Sustainable Journalism

Affiliations & memberships

Atlanta Press Club 2020

Online News Association 2020

Clayton County Chamber of Commerce 2020

Institute for Nonprofit News 2021

NewsMatch 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We focus more on reporting from the voters’ and citizens’ level upward, rather than focusing exclusively on amplifying policy and politics from the top down. We also pay attention to issues of broad local interest, such as community policing, the impacts of development on local communities, and the complexities of redefining the South in the 21st century. We cover communities that have received short shrift from legacy media, particularly underserved areas like Rex, Conley, Ellenwood, Lake City, Morrow, Riverdale, Jonesboro, Forest Park, Lovejoy, and Hampton. We curate transparency links and legal documents with a local emphasis and offer community workshops. We also support Clayton County youth representation in programs like VOX Atlanta, which pairs students and professional journalists.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Social media conversations,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After our Citizens' Sunshine Workshop, attendees requested more programs to connect citizens with government watchdog training. We are developing those programs for both distance and in-person learning experiences.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are expanding and diversifying our board to better reflect the community we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, primarily anecdotal,

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The Clayton Crescent Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Griffiths

Robin Kemp

Tammy Joyner

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/28/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.