Spotlight on ..... Joel Wilson, Digital Content Producer
10 January 2019 by Joel Wilson

Spotlight on ..... Joel Wilson, Digital Content Producer

What does a Digital Content Producer do?

I do many things: filmmaking, photography, graphic design, website updates, responding to all kind of communications & media queries from people involved in church life, press queries, equipment training, writing and editing copy and helping keep our social media posts relevant, outward-looking and compelling.

Can you describe a typical day in the life of a Digital Content Producer?

Well, today I worked on a proposal for a multi-faceted creative project, did a film edit session, wrote an article for the web, made phone calls to local church people about their needs, set up and conducted an interview, posted on Facebook and Twitter, tweaked a bunch of photos, wrote emails and had a team huddle with my delightful colleagues! 

What brought you to this point – how and why did you become the Digital Content Producer?

Prior to this I was doing two jobs and it was increasingly clear there wasn’t sufficient time in the week to do justice to either job. When I saw the job description for the Digital Content Producer role I thought ‘Wow, this requires my exact skillset’. I’m passionate about visual storytelling and was pretty sure this role would help me exercise and strain the storytelling muscles.

I also want to see local church thrive and to see Jesus’ followers be salt and light here in Birmingham. Every week my job contributes to that goal. Another factor was the realization that Fiona (the Comms. Director) is visionary and absolutely determined to make weird and wonderful ideas become a reality. I’m excited about being a part of that. It’s very clear to me how powerful and positive an impact some of these projects will have on people.

Finally, I’m really motivated by helping the Church of England be a counter-cultural voice. We can point to Jesus and say, ‘Look, there’s a different path’ – instead of the polarised opposites that society often presents us with. If we view the world through the eyes of compassion, completely new options emerge.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I make films and shoot music videos for friends. I love reading both fiction and non-fiction, especially the work of the Inklings, Alastair McIntosh and Frederick Buechner. I enjoy gigs, futurology, etymology, 5-a-side football, board games, Frisbee golf and dancing with my daughters. I host regular get-togethers including a Christian artist gathering, a film club and a hip-hop lyricism appreciation night with other local rappers. 

What three things do you hate the most?

  • The prison–industrial complex
  • The band The Killers
  • The fact I’m not as disciplined as my Dad

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

A set of 25ft. boulders known as ‘The Rocks’ near my childhood home in Blackrock in Ireland. Whenever we visit Dublin we pay a visit to the Rocks and my daughters, my dad and I climb them. It’s a comforting and nostalgic ritual.

What did you want to be when you were small?

An artist, a milkman, a teacher, a filmmaker.

What makes you laugh?

My wife’s quick-fire quips. 

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself:

I lived in Germany for 5 years including in a tiny village called Betberg (Prayer Mountain).