Amanda Hickman directs the Freelance Futures Initiative at AIR. She also shepherds emoji proposals with Emojination and teaches mapping and data visualization at the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. Amanda led BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts from its founding in 2015 until the lab wrapped up in 2017. She has taught reporting, data analysis and visualization, and audience engagement at graduate journalism programs at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and the City University of New York, and was DocumentCloud’s founding program director. Amanda has a long history of collaborating with both journalists, editors, and community organizers to design and create the tools they need to be more effective.
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Articles by Amanda
Here’s What I’ve Learned About Transparency & Media Salaries
With a special focus on radio and podcasting, I’ve been collecting data on what media professionals earnPosted on
A compilation of research on understanding current pay rates, to help close persistent pay gaps in the industry.
The Totally Incomplete Guide to Finding and Publishing Data
We’ve gathered up lots of great resources for finding the data you need to make your project amazing.Posted on
Whether you’re a seasoned data journalist or brand new to thinking about data as a source in your reporting, there are exceptional places to find data that you may never have considered.
Our Search for the Best OCR Tool, and What We Found
A side-by-side comparison of seven OCR tools using multiple kinds of documents, from FactfulPosted on
We couldn’t find single side by side comparison of the most accessible OCR options, so we ran a handful of documents through seven different tools, and compared the results.
Introducing the Field Guide to Security Training in the Newsroom
A collaboratively written guide that helps trainers train their colleaguesPosted on
A practical, collaboratively written guide that everyone in newsrooms can use.