The charity has hired Jen Corlew, the former director of media for Liberty, to fill its head of news position. She will manage the campaigns team and create global media strategy alongside head of media Sam Barratt.
Corlew left Liberty earlier this year. She spent two months at DFID as senior press officer for Africa, before joining Oxfam. She has also been regional media director for Amnesty in the US for two years.
Barratt said: ‘Climate change is the priority campaign for the organisation across 30 countries around the world as we build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.’
The charity has also hired Cluster Munition Coalition’s Natalie Curtis as senior press officer. She will lead the climate work across the key international markets. Jon Slater has also been promoted to senior press officer, to lead on political work.
At the same time, Oxfam has hired Al Jazeera’s interactive editor Sarah Brown as senior digital press officer. She joins on 7 July. Brown led the broadcaster’s digital coverage of the US election and has also been interactive editor of the BBC News website. Oxfam is still looking for a head of digital campaigns.
Barratt said: ‘This year we will be putting more focus on supporting our media work in developing countries, putting emphasis on bringing more digital skills into the press office and putting evaluation and learning from our media work at the heart of what we do’.
Meanwhile Oxfam’s head of news Amy Barry has taken up the newly created role of head of comms at anti-corruption NGO Global Witness. Barry has been brought in to build the organisation’s first brand and comms strategy globally. She was at Oxfam for six and a half years.
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