Allison Dikanovic is a journalist based in Brooklyn, with big love for the Midwest (mostly Milwaukee). She thinks a lot about who the news is for, and builds reporting processes and products to share information in collaborative, useful and actionable ways.
She is currently working as an engagement reporter for THE CITY — a local nonprofit newsroom in New York — where she develops projects that invite more New Yorkers to participate in THE CITY’s reporting process and makes the reporting more accessible to more people, most recently around New York's local primary election. She also writes a newsletter about rent and jobs that started during the pandemic to help people navigate changing and confusing policies, and helps lead the Open Newsroom, an ongoing series of community meetings in collaboration with Brooklyn Public Libraries.
Last year Allison helped pilot a Google News Initiative reporting and texting service in Milwaukee called News414 to connect residents to resources and drive accountability reporting from residents' concerns during the pandemic, which was a collaboration among Wisconsin Watch, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Outlier Media.
Before that, she worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and in a past life worked as a youth organizer and educator. During her favorite summer, she worked with high school students in Milwaukee to create Youth Rise MKE, a youth-led digital magazine project.
Her work has received the 2021 Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for Social Justice Reporting, the 2020 LION Publishers Best Solutions Project of the Year, a regional Edward R. Murrow award, a Milwaukee Press Club Award and an EPPY.
Allison earned a master's in Social Journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and a bachelor's in international affairs and journalism from Marquette University.
She'd love to work together to build cool s***, so please reach out.
photo by Michaela Román
get in touch:
al [dot] dikanovic [at] gmail [dot] com