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Amy O'Brien

Freelance Multimedia Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Some examples from my video and text journalism portfolio.

Portfolio

Business & Politics

Ft
05/22/2020
'Quaranteens' expect a muted version of student life

When 17-year-old Harvey Stiles heard that Exeter university had moved lectures online, he changed his plans. He will now defer his offer of a place, in the hope that next year his aspirations to play university football and embrace the freshers' social calendar might be realised.

Ft
05/28/2020
How the lessons of lockdown will help disabled people at work

Before the coronavirus lockdown, Ganeev Chadha, who has profound hearing loss, had barely used a video conferencing app. On his first day of working from home, he was on a video call where one participant's WiFi connection was so poor that "I couldn't see his face to lip-read or register his body language.

Ft
05/04/2020
What are the job prospects for the class of 2020? | Free to read

In February, Olivia, a law student with ambitions for a career in aviation, received an offer for a graduate job at an airport regulator. A few weeks later it was withdrawn because the organisation could not "afford to host graduate roles", she says.

Ft
03/25/2020
How remote study is changing business school life

Two weeks ago Sofia Skevofylaka was sitting in a lecture hall at Imperial College Business School taking one of the final classes on the masters in innovation, entrepreneurship and management degree that she is due to finish in July.

Ft
06/19/2020
Vicki Wood, race car driver, 1919-2020

One summer evening in 1953, Vicki Wood, who would later become known as "the fastest woman in racing", was taken on a trip to watch the women-only powder puff races at Motor City Speedway in Detroit by her husband, Clarence "Skeeter" Wood.

Ft
04/18/2020
Coronavirus: New York governor appeals for calm - as it happened

Be the first to know about every new Coronavirus story Load new posts News you might have missed The US suffered a fourth consecutive day of coronavirus deaths exceeding 2,000, taking the total number of lives lost in the country during the outbreak to more than 32,000.

U.S.
12/06/2018
UK economy risks severe damage without orderly Brexit - CBI

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will struggle to achieve even modest economic growth next year unless the government secures an orderly Brexit in March, the Confederation of British Industry said on Thursday. The CBI said the world's fifth-largest economy would grow by 1.3 percent in 2018, 1.4 percent in 2019 and 1.6 percent in 2020, little changed from its previous projections in June.

U.S.
06/03/2019
UK shoppers slash spending in May - BRC

LONDON (Reuters) - British shoppers cut back on their spending last month by the most in more than 20 years, a retailers' group said, raising questions about how long consumers can keep on cushioning the economy from the impact of Brexit.

U.S.
12/17/2018
UK household confidence drops to six-month low in December - IHS...

LONDON (Reuters) - British households' confidence in their finances hit a six-month low in December, as their earnings from employment rose more slowly while living costs increased, a survey showed on Monday. The monthly Household Finance Index from financial data company IHS Markit fell to 43.9 in December, its lowest since June, from 44.4 the month before.

U.S.
12/17/2018
UK consumer spending falls by most since July in run-up to Brexit:...

LONDON (Reuters) - British consumer spending fell by the most since July last month, payments company Visa said on Tuesday, adding to signs of slowing economic growth toward the end of the year. Consumer spending dropped 0.7 percent year-on-year in November, a sharper decline than October's 0.2 percent drop, Visa said, based on inflation-adjusted usage data from its debit, credit and prepaid cards.

Thetimes
07/09/2019
Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn was heroine of Dutch Resistance

An Allied operation to seize a bridge over the Rhine had been repulsed and paratroopers who had dropped from the sky on gliders were stuck in German territory on the far side of the river.It was then that a British soldier was hidden in the home of Adriaantje van Heemstra, a heroine of the Dutch res

Thetimes
07/09/2019
The cat that got away

The Ecuadorean embassy made it clear it was losing its patience with Julian Assange six months ago when it ordered that he take better care of his cat.During his time there, Assange exhibited his love for his cat - known as "Embassy Cat" - through a dedicated Instagram page that describes the feline

Video

the Guardian
02/08/2020
Thailand shooting: footage appears to record gunshots - video

Video shared on social media appears to capture sounds of gunshots heard from a car travelling in Nakhon Ratchasima in north-eastern Thailand. Police have said at least 20 people were killed when a soldier opened fire in different locations in the city

the Guardian
01/28/2020
Unmasked man pulled off metro in China amid coronavirus crisis - video

Footage has emerged appearing to show a man being forcibly removed from the Guangzhou metro by security staff for not wearing a face mask, after the South China province implemented a mandatory order to wear them amid the coronavirus crisis. Chinese companies are working overtime to produce masks amid soaring demand caused by the country's coronavirus outbreak.

the Guardian
01/17/2020
'A catastrophe': Klopp laments decision to move Afcon back to January - video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp believes the decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations back to its traditional January slot is a 'catastrophe' for his team. The tournament was scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon in the summer of 2021, which clashed with the expanded Club World Cup, but has been switched because of concerns over the climate in the country in July.

the Guardian
01/23/2020
Leaders warn against antisemitism at World Holocaust Forum - video

Representatives from Europe, Russia and America warned against the resurgence of antisemitism at a memorial event at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. Prince Charles, representing Britain, said the lessons of the Holocaust were 'searingly relevant to this day'

the Guardian
02/11/2020
Coronavirus a test of global solidarity, says WHO director - video

Tedros Adhanom, head of the World Health Organization, calls the coronavirus outbreak a 'test of political solidarity' against a 'common enemy that does not respect borders or ideologies', as well as a test of financial and scientific solidarity. The epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people and infected more 40,000.

the Guardian
01/28/2020
'Wuhan jiāyóu': chants of solidarity spread across city at epicentre of coronavirus - video

Shouts of 'jiāyóu' can be heard echoing between Wuhan's high-rise apartment blocks as people take to their balconies to shout what translates literally as "add oil", meaning 'keep up the fight', to their neighbours. It is day six of life under lockdown for the Chinese city's 11 million residents, who have found themselves at the centre of the outbreak of coronavirus.

the Guardian
01/30/2020
WHO declares coronavirus a global health emergency - video

The World Health Organization director general on Thursday declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency but stressed that it was 'not a vote of no confidence in China'. Tedros Adhanom said that the declaration comes amid concern for countries with weaker health systems

the Guardian
02/26/2020
Sajid Javid on his resignation: 'Ministers decide on their advisers' - video

The former chancellor warned the prime minister not to try and stop his cabinet 'speaking truth to power' in a statement explaining his resignation. Javid also hinted at his feeling towards Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's chief adviser, joking about the 'Cummings and goings' within the cabinet

the Guardian
02/26/2020
Labour leadership candidates clash over Brexit at Guardian hustings - video

Keir Starmer came under fire from Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy over Labour's Brexit position, both arguing that it contributed to the party's landslide defeat in December. Speaking at the Guardian-hosted hustings in Manchester, Long-Bailey said discussions were too focused on Westminster. Nandy described Labour's approach as 'tone deaf'.

Arts & Culture

Ft
12/03/2019
Le Comptoir Robuchon aces intimate dining in Mayfair

The late Joel Robuchon is often remembered for his mashed potato, with its 2:1 potato-to-butter ratio. But the most-starred chef in the Michelin Guide's history also pioneered a new style of dining at his intimate restaurants, with counter seating overlooking the kitchen - a format that has been much copied and now stylishly revived at the newly opened Le Comptoir in Mayfair.

AnOther
11/29/2016
Undercover Documentary-Making in North Korea

North Korea represents a sort of black hole in our modern world: not a Columbus-style mystery waiting to be solved, but rather an ominous enigma formed by our exclusion from it, the only 120,540 km² on a 510 million km² planet to which we are prohibited access.

AnOther
11/22/2016
Paninari: The Italian Originators of Fast Food in Fashion

The pairing of brightly coloured Moncler puffer jackets with blue turned-up Levi's 501s and Timberland boots is a sartorial hybrid if ever there was one, and it's perhaps not a combination you'd expect to gel.

AnOther
10/31/2016
Elastic Band Typography by Victor Koroma

Search "alternative uses for rubber bands" online and you'll come across a host of innovative functions - makeshift bookmarks and tie-dye T-shirts included. You probably won't, however, have encountered typography. At least, not until now. For photographer Victor Koroma, mundane objects, including but not limited to the elastic band, easily inspire transformation beyond their everyday function.

AnOther
10/17/2016
Found Photographs of People Knitting Through the Ages

The habit of knitting will evoke personal memories for anybody who's ever received a lovingly crafted but slightly out-of-shape Fair Isle Christmas jumper, or struggled to complete a wearable scarf.

AnOther
10/31/2016
Eerie Photographs of People Working in London's Cemeteries

The Magnificent Seven is the collective term applied to seven large private Victorian park cemeteries in London, which have often been referred to as "secret gardens for the dead". Established in 1832, these spacious sites were created in response to the dangerous overcrowding of cemeteries in Victorian London, which not only played host to illicit activities (prostitution, grave-snatching and murders were commonplace) but also caused manifold health concerns.

Dazed
09/25/2015
How to shoot every famous person, ever

Rare is a photographer that can claim to have hung out with Bob Dylan and Joan Jett, been backstage with the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, had Jeremy Scott and Pamela Anderson around their house and snapped Haim just this week.

Dazed
12/31/2015
The girl taking drone selfies around the world

Forget your conventional selfie stick. Renée Lusano is trailblazing ahead with the 'dronie', using #furbythedrone to explore virtually unvisited locations. Following her recent tour to Chernobyl, Moscow and Kiev, meet the photographer adding a new dimension to global travel photography. LA-based creative Renée Lusano is shunning the drone's usual implications for a wholly creative new use.

AnOther
11/18/2016
Lessons in Saccharine Style from Marie Antoinette

To watch Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette is not to embark upon a classic period drama, but rather to enjoy a highly stylised fantasy world representing the essence of the young Dauphine's life. As Kirsten Dunst, who played the eponymous character, summarised, the film is "kind of like a history of feelings, rather than a history of facts".

AnOther
11/04/2016
Three Fabulous Jewellery-based Instagram Feeds to Follow

As far back as we can trace, humans have derived pleasure from excavating rocks from the earth and uncovering jewels; from Pliny comparing the beauty of rubies, amethysts and emeralds, to Balzac using pearls as a metaphor for human pleasure. It is quite a mean feat, then, to present jewellery in a way which feels completely fresh.

Ft
12/03/2019
Le Comptoir Robuchon aces intimate dining in Mayfair

The late Joel Robuchon is often remembered for his mashed potato, with its 2:1 potato-to-butter ratio. But the most-starred chef in the Michelin Guide's history also pioneered a new style of dining at his intimate restaurants, with counter seating overlooking the kitchen - a format that has been much copied and now stylishly revived at the newly opened Le Comptoir in Mayfair.

Dazed
08/25/2015
South Korea just trolled North Korea with K-Pop

How do you get one over on North Korea's leader? Broadcast K-pop across the border through giant loudspeakers, apparently. This tactic has been proven by South Korea, who just gained the apology it wanted from the North for their recent landmine attacks, which maimed two of its soldiers.

Dazed
12/17/2015
This new lingerie campaign features hairy women

After their all-trans AW15 campaign featuring Hari Nef and Valentiin de Hingh, and their same-sex couple V-day 2015 ad campaign, & Other Stories are once again representing real-world diversity. The Swedish retailer has just launched "For Women, By Women", portraying natural beauty and models' one-of-a-kind features.

Dazed
12/18/2015
Is Dov Charney about to make an unbelievable comeback?

On the back of their file for bankruptcy in October, we thought American Apparel was headed down the drain. When this time exactly a year ago founder Dov Charney was ousted from the company, it seemed the brand had lost its notorious - if not incredibly controversial - CEO, distanced even more so from the brand when they had to take out a restraining order against him for negative comments to the press.

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