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Dena Levitz just served as the first journalism fellow for D.C.-based startup hub 1776. In that role, she spent the past six months traveling all over the globe  interviewing startup founders and analyzing innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship trends.  Just prior to 1776, Dena was a member of the first cohort of the Media Entrepreneurship Masters program at American University. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a staff writer for the Augusta Chronicle covering crime and transportation and for the Washington Examiner reporting on D.C. schools. For three years she also worked as the manager of digital strategies for the Newspaper Association of America. As a freelancer, her byline has appeared in media outlets including CityLab by Atlantic Media, the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, PBS Mediashift, Eater, Bloomberg News, and Narratively. 

Latest Stories

Media partnership aims to improve verification of breaking news online

First Draft News' partner network brings together more than 30 news organizations and tech giants to foster greater cooperation around news verification.

Dena Levitz | October 25, 2016

Medill School guide educates student journalists on conflict reporting dangers

The James W. Foley Guide on Journalists’ Safety will, for the first time, bring the realities of conflict reporting to student journalists.

Dena Levitz | August 23, 2016

Veteran journalists offer job-hunting tips for recent graduates

What do today's journalism grads need to know about nabbing that first job out of school? IJNet asks seasoned reporters, producers and editors for their best tips and guidance.

Dena Levitz | July 26, 2016

Distributed content, ad blocking, audience revenue stand out in WAN-IFRA report

WAN-IFRA's annual World Press Trends report examines the complex, interwoven landscape of today's news industry, offering guidance for news outlets looking for a more effective revenue model.

Dena Levitz | July 11, 2016

The Listening Post uses GroundSource to reach users ‘in one fell swoop’

Using GroundSource, a phone-based messaging platform, New Orleans' The Listening Post has created a two-way dialogue with its listeners to more closely engage with the communities it serves.

Dena Levitz | April 20, 2016

Inside Newzulu’s plans to become the go-to platform for verified, crowdsourced content

By verifying citizen and freelance journalism before distributing it, Newzulu is a news wire that aims toward a more innovative business model, says Laura Placide, editor-in-chief.

Dena Levitz | March 02, 2016

How reporters can make the most of Twitter's newest features

During a recent webinar, Niketa Patel, Twitter's manager of news partnerships, let reporters in on how they can use the platform to the fullest. 

Dena Levitz | December 08, 2015

How four outlets present news-centered issues through personal essays

Vox, Time magazine and others are going beyond the op-ed to present topical issues through a personal lens. 

Dena Levitz | November 05, 2015

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