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A day in the life of a Stories, Film & Photography Project Manager

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team, Amy Christian Iraq Media and Communications Advisor

19th Jun 2013

A little while ago, I mentioned that I was going to start a Day in the Life feature on the blog. I wanted to use the blog not only to update you on the work Oxfam is doing, but also the people that are doing it.  This is the very first Day in the Life blog and in it, you'll meet Amy Christian. She will be writing lots more for the blog, so it seemed like a good time to introduce her to you properly.

"The sun was out as I walked to work this morning. The Cowley road is always busy in the mornings, bikes jostling precariously with cars as they all make their way to work, or school, or somewhere else. I drown out the sound of traffic with music on my iPod. Today I listen to an old favourite. Nada Surf.

I have worked in the Stories, Film and Photography team at Oxfam for just over three years so I'm lucky enough to regularly travel to our projects around the world and see the work happening on the ground.

The office is already a hub of activity when I arrive. My desk is on the second floor, right next to the video editing suites, and sandwiched between the Media Unit and our Programme Funding team. After the customary checking of emails I go over to Ellie's desk to discuss our recent exciting meeting with world-renowned photo agency Magnum. We are planning something a bit special for later in the year.

A lot of my time is spent planning story-gathering trips. We plan months in advance to ensure we get the highest quality content for our colleagues in fundraising. It's a long process of negotiation and creative thinking. We are privileged to work with some of the best photographers and filmmakers in the world but planning has to be perfect.

I studied photography and am passionate about the idea that images can help to change the world, or at least the way we see it. The idea that a single image can tell a story, that one photograph can instantly take your breath away, that's what fuels my passion and drive every day.

It's only June but we are already having meetings about next year's calendar of trips. Looking at how we might start planning where to go and what we can deliver for whom. Oxfam works in over 90 countries worldwide and there are over 700 people working just at Oxfam House so I'm sure you can imagine how tricky it is deciding where we should gather content from each year.

We have lunch as a team today, well those of us that are in. I have a salmon salad (my attempt at being more healthy), followed by a current bun. We discuss our managers' belly dancing class; yoga and the IF campaign. Ellie and I tell the others about Sebastian Salgado's breathtaking 'Genesis' exhibition at the Natural History Museum. A photographer to be admired, his exhibition is the grand finale of several years spent photographing the remote corners of our world and the wonders they hold.

Before long we are discussing the next trip. Soon Ellie, Fred and I will be travelling to Kenya with a superstar photographer to showcase some of our most innovative and pioneering work. But that's a story for another day..."

More from Amy

Amy will be writing more about her work and the projects she has visited over the next few months.  She'll start tomorrow with something special from our archive.  Make sure you come back and take a look. 

Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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Blog post written by Amy Christian

Iraq Media and Communications Advisor

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