Introducing AIR’s new Director of Freelance Futures

September 19, 2019—From AIR’s CEO:
I am thrilled to welcome Amanda Hickman to AIR as Director of Freelance Futures, AIR’s new research and reporting initiative focused on tracking and informing the policies and practices that are actively shaping freelance opportunities. Whether by tracking legislation that will regulate contingent workers or collecting industry data on compensation and fair practice, we are invested in expanding our capacity to support freelance audio producers. We firmly believe that the future of sustainable journalism, emergent storytelling, and diversity in radio and podcasting will be shaped by the health of the freelancer community.

Amanda brings a tremendous wealth of experience as a technologist, journalist, teacher and organizer who understands the practice and business of journalism, politics, civic engagement and technology and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her leading this important effort.

From Amanda:
There are so many incredible opportunities for AIR to ensure that independent contributors can thrive and grow as they bring diverse, creative, professional voices to the air and to our headphones. I’m really thrilled to lead this vital initiative.

Amanda led BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts, and has taught reporting, multimedia storytelling and data visualization at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Columbia Journalism School. She helped launch DocumentCloud, an award winning reporting tool and catalog of primary source documents now used by thousands of journalists around the world, and her work as Director of Technology at Gotham Gazette, won numerous awards, including multiple notable entries to the Knight Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism, General Excellence in Online Journalism from the Online News Association and multiple Knight News Challenge Innovation grants. Amanda is also a foster parent and a mentor and editor with Emojination, and takes great pride in bringing 🧷🧵 and 🧶 to keyboards everywhere. Reach out: