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Catching up with Jack Campbell-Smith, Multimedia Producer

Another week, another great staff member to get to know. When you think of the world of publishing, the work of videos, podcasts, photography, and animated GIFs doesn’t immediately come to mind. But here at Oxford University Press we have Jack Campbell-Smith, who joined the Social Media team as a Multimedia Producer just last year.

When did you start working at OUP?

I started at OUP on the 1st September 2014 – Just over a year ago!

What is the longest book you’ve ever read?

I think one that I’ve very recently finished, The Count of Monte Cristo.

What is your favorite word?

Zephyr – It was my go to put down as a child. I’m not sure how that started, but it usually confused people a lot.

Which book-to-movie adaptation did you actually like?

I think my favourite has to be Lord of the rings. I can’t even count how many times I’ve watched those films. I’ve even managed the extended version marathon once or twice…

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Mr Purple. Photo by Jack Campbell-Smith

What is the strangest thing currently on or in your desk?

A very aptly named ‘Mr Purple’ created by the Blog’s very own Dan Parker. Unfortunately he has lost his arms over the last few months, but he’s got the Dude to keep him occupied.

What are you reading right now?

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. It won the Man Booker in 2014 and it was recently recommended to me.

What is your most obscure talent or hobby?

I’m pretty good at splitting an apple perfectly in two using just my hands.

What will you be doing once you’ve completed this Q&A?

Creating an introduction section for a small series of videos for the Oxford Companion to Wine.

What is your typical day like at OUP?

I’ll usually start the day by grabbing a coffee and then going over emails and checking some of the social channels. After that it can vary depending on what’s on: either filming an author, having meetings to plan projects, animating and/or editing different projects.

What is your favorite animal?

I saw a squirrel patting down some mud with it’s little hands after burying something the other day. So at the moment it’s squirrel.

Featured image credit: Apple by jarmoluk. Public domain CC0 via Pixabay

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