“A free person tells her own story. A valued person lives in a society in which her story has a place.” -Rebecca Solnit
Allison Dikanovic is a Milwaukee-based multimedia journalist. Her ambition is to create space for previously untold stories, elevate underrepresented voices and facilitate community-engaged conversations through critical reporting. She hopes to be a part of a reinvigorated and innovative local journalism industry that holds truth to power while more genuinely including and representing those it intends to serve through its coverage and in the reporting process.
Allison is particularly curious about societal inequities and those working to alleviate them. At the moment, she is most excited about reporting on the criminal justice system, specifically youth justice reform in Milwaukee, as well as education, affordable housing and violence prevention. In the past, Allison has covered neighborhood news and a range of topics for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and various Marquette University magazines. Her work has been featured in the Solutions Journalism Network Story Tracker and published by the Associated Press, Urban Milwaukee and On Milwaukee. She received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her multimedia series, A Crime hidden in plain sight: human trafficking in Milwaukee.
In the summer of 2016, Allison started Youth Rise MKE, a youth-led digital magazine, in partnership with Urban Underground and Marquette University, which elevates youth voices to expand perspectives in Milwaukee.
She believes that nuanced, community-driven journalism is a public service that can play an important role in creating a society where every person is valued, and she would love to collaborate in pursuit of this vision.