Amanda Finn



An award-winning writer and editor who loves to highlight what makes life worth living, Amanda Finn is a hardworking creative mind. She enjoys cultivating the journalism field and watching as digital media transforms the storytelling landscape.



Finn Writes LLC | 2018 – Present

  • Publishes freelance articles in national and local publications.
  • Creates content for small business clients.
  • Manages social media for small businesses.
  • Collaborates on social media posts with digital organizations.

Wisconsin Media Manager

Community Outreach Group | 2020 – 2021 (contract)

  • Worked with media on behalf of Planned Parenthood of WI.
  • Crafted all internal communications for PPWI and PPAWI.
  • Wrote script copy as needed.
  • Collaborated on advertorial copy and content.
  • Built a new Wisconsin/regional press contacts database.

Illinois Editor and Venue Relations

Footlights | 2018 – 2020

  • Helped launch the Footlights Five video series.
  • Curated the Footlights social media efforts for Chicagoland.
  • Worked with Illinois performing arts companies to ensure on-time playbill publication.
  • Doubled site traffic with consistent editorial content.
  • Edited freelancers as needed.

Arts and Lifestyle Reporter

Wisconsin State Journal | 2016 – 2018

  • Covered local events with preview coverage.
  • Interviewed celebrities who were coming to town.
  • Pitched story ideas to the features editor weekly.


DePaul University – M.A. in writing, rhetoric, and discourse 2021-2022

DePaul University Certificate in women and gender studies 2021-2022

Ripon College – B.A. in theatre, English, & film/media studies 2010-2014 | Magna Cum Laude


International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association: 2021
Wisconsin Newspaper Awards: 2017, 2017, 2016


Harrison I. Steans Graduate Fellow – 2021-2022

  • Worked with the American Theatre Critics Association to develop equity, diversity, and inclusion resources. With these valuable resources, critics are better able to write equitably.

National Critics Institute – 2015

  • Spent two weeks learning from renowned critics, receiving feedback on our writing, and networking with other fellows.