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Amanda Kari McHugh

I'm a multi-media producer and engagement journalist, creating content and impact campaigns to galvanize social change.

I enjoy looking at arts & culture through the lens of politics, labor, ethics and social anthropology. Topics I've covered range from counter-culture to adoption reform; film & tv to small businesses; mental health to art & technology.

I grew up doing theater and am now a burner. I lean into my weird. You have been warned.

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
M.A. Engagement Journalism, Dec '22
M.A. Journalism - arts & culture, May '24

About Me

With a passion for impactful journalism and storytelling, I have successfully engaged audiences through viral content and community engagement. I'm the founder of the multi-platform engagement project, "Voices of Adoption." At The Texas Standard this past summer, my work has shown to be some of the show's most engaging stories across their social platforms, driving more traffic to the site. Other bylines -- which includes photo and video work -- include: StoryCorps, Everfest/Fest300, The Hollywood Reporter, Vice, Time Out New York, Highlark, Lecturas (print), Dancing Astronaut, NYCity News Service, CUNY TV and more.

How I Work

Prior to journalism, I worked in film & tv in production and the art departments. I also have a documentary filmmaking and event photography  background. Therefore I:

  • Quickly gain trust from sources
  • Work well under pressure
  • Thrive on tight deadlines for small projects, alongside having long-term goals
  • Am a team player and adaptable to different working methods
  • Am an effective leader
    • delegation, negotiation, solutions-oriented, organized

My Ethos

I apply my engagement journalism skills to everything I report on. These include:

  • Deep listening
  • Community engagement
  • Callouts/Surveys
  • Design thinking
  • Qualitative research
  • Trauma-informed reporting
  • Social media tools and news-gathering
  • Crowd-sourcing
  • Collecting and measuring data
  • Project management tools

Get in Touch


(315) 430-5221