Amanda Hickman is an innovative leader in online reporting and media strategy and has deep experience working with low income communities in New York City and across the US. Amanda has spent more than a decade working at the intersection of journalism and civic engagement, reporting on local and international events and helping community organizers understand and draw their membership into the political process.
As Director of Technology at Gotham Gazette, her work won numerous awards, including multiple notable entries to the Knight Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism and an award in General Excellence in Online Journalism from the Online News Association and a Knight News Challenge Innovation grant. In 2009, Amanda left Gotham Gazette to launch DocumentCloud, an award winning reporting tool and catalog of primary source documents now used by thousands of journalists around the world.
Amanda now teaches multimedia storytelling and data visualization at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and has taught reporting at Columbia’s Journalism School, where she also helped launch The New York World. As a consultant, she works with diverse clients who share a genuine interest in reaching new audiences and engaging them in campaigns and reporting. In addition to Union Settlement House, her current client list includes Studio Rev, a visionary pioneer in transmedia and interactive storytelling, and Adapt NY reporting project that is expanding citizen involvement in New York City’s climate adaptation planning.