Dena Levitz

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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

Trademarks of the millennial journalist: Going beyond the article

Here we profile several skills and tasks that are becoming trademark for a new-school digital native who’s either going beyond the article or expounding upon it with new bells and whistles.

Dena Levitz | June 16, 2015

Four journalism projects that let the audience decide what to cover

Crowdsourcing story ideas from your readers turns on its head the traditional belief that news organizations know best when it comes to what journalists should spend their time covering.

Dena Levitz | June 01, 2015

A crowdfunded project that’s part Yelp for freelancers, part pitching agency

The digital hub will give freelancers a place to share publications’ payment rates and contracts, rate individual editors and create a model to better sell story pitches.

Dena Levitz | May 22, 2015

Examining The Mighty's unique approach to storytelling about disabilities

In just a year since its start, The Mighty has reached 30 million unique visitors and yielded 900 contributing writers. 

Dena Levitz | May 18, 2015

Report well-rounded stories with 'constructive journalism'

The founder of the Constructive Journalism Project offers tips on the practice.

Dena Levitz | May 04, 2015

Tips for reporters covering riots in Baltimore and beyond

The Guardian's Paul Lewis, who's currently covering the riots in Baltimore, and foreign correspondent David Francis offer advice for journalists reporting in conflict-heavy situations. 

Dena Levitz | May 01, 2015

An inside look at Circa’s new website, app update and global team of reporters

Levitz catches up with the mobile-native app's Senior Editor Daniel Bentley to discuss the latest changes, including added functionality for Apple Watch and more. 

Dena Levitz | April 28, 2015

How to engage your audience before, during and after reporting

During the America East conference, Levitz spoke with panelists from The Hill, Billy Penn and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Journalism Sustainability Project about audience engagement, and she carries on the conversation here.

Dena Levitz | April 23, 2015