Jen Sabella is a writer, editor and social media strategist living in Chicago. She is currently the Deputy Editor and Director of Social Media at DNAinfo.com.
Jen joined DNAinfo before the Chicago site launched, helping recruit a team of bright, enthusiastic reporters and editors with a nose for news. By not running with the pack of traditional Chicago media outlets day in and day out, DNA is able to publish dozens of original pieces of journalism every day that can't be found anywhere else.
Jen helped turn DNAinfo into a well-known and beloved site for local news in Chicago's often under-covered neighborhoods. She also helped train dozens of editors and reporters on SEO, headline writing and best practices for social media.
Aside from her work at DNAinfo, Jen teaches digital journalism essentials to graduate students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and co-hosts The Girl Talk, a monthly show at The Hideout featuring Chicago women doing amazing things. She also writes a weekly(ish) newsletter about the news and cocktails -- the News & Boozeletter.
Jen was named one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Chicago Journalism by esteemed media writer Robert Feder and the Windy City Times named her one of Chicago's "30 Under 30" in 2013. In 2012 and 2013, Jen spearheaded "Murder in Chicago: The Human Toll," an interactive timeline of Chicago's murder victims. Instead of the typical "man shot on street" narrative, the project told the stories of the victims, introduced our audience to their families and put a human face on coverage of Chicago violence. The project won an EPPY award for Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature. The project continues today.
Cover photo via Flickr Creative Commons by Daniel X. O'Neil