Wednesday, December 7

AL.com announces new gender and politics journalist, Sarah Swetlik


AL.com has hired another journalist through its expanding partnership with Report for America, a national nonprofit that aids local newsrooms and sustainable journalism.

Sarah Swetlik will be AL.com’s gender and politics reporter. The new position will cover the intersections of gender, equity and power in Alabama, a state at the center of regional and national conversations about politics, civil rights and culture.

Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit journalism organization.

“We’re grateful for the support from Report for America to help us report and lead this conversation in Alabama,” said Kelly Ann Scott, vice president of content for Alabama Media Group.

Swetlik previously reported on public policy for Fresh Take Georgia, a digital news service at the Center for Sustainable Journalism in Kennesaw, Georgia. Her coverage of the state legislature has been featured by the Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Her passion for humanity-centered storytelling has allowed her to highlight struggles like the housing crisis in metro Atlanta and resource disparities impacting Georgia’s most vulnerable. Swetlik, a Georgia native, received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kennesaw State University in 2021.

AL.com previously has led the way on gathering women to talk about current issues and elevating their voices in the media. The newsroom again wants to add an increased focus on the women making decisions in Alabama, from both sides of the political aisle, as well as how policy decisions impact women around the state.

Swetlik will cover the annual legislative session and travel the state to understand how women influence, and are influenced by, policy and political decisions. She starts in the AL.com newsroom in June.

She also joins AL.com reporters Rebecca Griesbach and Savannah Tryens-Fernandes, who began working in the newsroom in 2021 and also are supported by Report for America. Griesbach and Tryens-Fernandes are part of The Alabama Education Lab team and, over the past year, have written about literacy efforts, LGBTQ student issues, history instruction and state schools’ ongoing response to COVID-19, among other topics.

The AL.com newsroom looks forward to continuing to pursue stories with impact.

This year, Report for America has placed 300 journalists into more than 200 newsrooms in all 50 states, according to the nonprofit.

“Report for America provides a unique opportunity for journalists to pursue meaningful, local beat reporting that sadly is missing from many of today’s newsrooms,” said Earl Johnson, director of admissions at Report for America. “Together, our emerging and experienced corps members will produce tens of thousands of articles on critically undercovered topics—schools, government, healthcare, the environment, communities of color, and more.”

The three Report for America positions are supported by a combination of grants and individual donations. Report for America matches a portion of contributions. Donors do not influence coverage.

All three RFA corps members may be supported by an individual, tax-deductible contribution, which can be made online here. Email Editor Ruth Serven Smith to discuss grant or partnership opportunities.



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