Amanda Silberling is a writer, artist, community organizer, and multimedia journalist. Currently, she writes about how technology impacts people at TechCrunch, including coverage about social media, labor, public policy, and the creator economy.
Amanda graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and a minor in Fine Arts, and then completed a Princeton in Asia fellowship in Luang Prabang, Laos with the Luang Prabang Film Festival. For 2019-2020, she was the Van Doren Engagement Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, splitting time between the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Before TechCrunch, she served as a Field Organizer at NextGen America, where worked to increase young voter engagement.
As a freelance arts, culture, and tech journalist, she has covered a wide array of topics including punk rock
, Jewish identity
, vegan cooking
, Buddhist art
, feminism in music
, and even Pokémon
. Her work has been published in MTV News, Polygon, Mic, Observer, NPR Music, Business Insider, Hyperallergic, Fodor’s Travel, VICE, The Rumpus, Consequence of Sound, She Shreds Magazine, Kotaku, Fanbyte, Alma, The Kenyon Review, The Media, PAPER Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Sun-Sentinel, and others. She is working on Wow If True, a podcast about internet culture with Isabel J. Kim, and the Good Poem Project, a collaborative poetry experiment.
After receiving the Kelly Writers House’s Creative Ventures Grant, Amanda went on tour with 1970s punk pioneer Alice Bag and up-and-comers Leggy to film a documentary about the intersection of punk and politics. Her first documentary, We’re Here, We’re Present: Women in Punk, premiered on VICE in June 2017. It screened in Philadelphia and in Madrid, Spain for Cineteca Madrid’s Mujeres Hechas de Punk festival in summer 2018.
In September 2016, Amanda helped launch We Are Watching, a feminist art collective at the University of Pennsylvania that worked to eradicate identity-based violence. We Are Watching projects received local and national news coverage, along with praise from Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, and Ashton Kutcher.