Dear Readers,

The Current is entering its eighth month of publishing in-depth data-driven local news for Coastal Georgia. Already our reporting on environmental threats, the elections and government accountability issues have made an impact for communities from Savannah to Brunswick and Woodbine and helped to revive independent public service journalism for our communities.

We are expanding our reach this month with four new summer fellows who will report on public safety, education, environment and government accountability. They are part of our mission to help grow the next generation of in-depth journalists. Two are residents of Savannah and two are new to Coastal Georgia.

We hope you get to know all of them better:

Jacqueline GaNun is a native of Coastal Georgia and a student at the University of Georgia. She works for The Red & Black, an independent student-run newspaper. Some of her work has also appeared in The New York Times. Her summer work study at The Current is made possible in part by The University of Georgia Journalism Innovation Lab, a project of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership. 

Kayla Guilliams is an environment and science reporter currently pursuing her master’s degree in journalism at the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism. Kayla graduated in May 2021 as a first-generation and honors student from UNC with a degree in environmental studies and minors in statistics and journalism. A Western North Carolina native, she comes to The Current as an intern through the Dow Jones News Fund’s data journalism program. 

Jasmine Freeman is a rising senior at Savannah State University majoring in mass communication with a concentration in Journalism. She is an illustrator and editor of the university’s newspaper, The Tiger’s Roar. She plans to graduate in May 2022 after spending a semester abroad in Korea. Jasmine hopes to introduce visual storytelling for The Current during her internship sponsored by the Emma Bowen Foundation.

Liz Richards is pursuing her master’s degree in engagement journalism at the City University of New York Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, which is sponsoring her internship with The Current. She’s focusing on education reporting, a passion sparked during her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica. She has a master’s of fine arts in creative nonfiction from The New School and has freelanced for Our Town, The CITY and Brooklyn Magazine

We know y’all have ideas for stories and can help us identify problems and solutions in our beautiful part of the state. Get in touch and together we can make Coastal Georgia a better place for all of us to live.

Sincerely,

Margaret Coker