MM Voices: John England
In our MM Voices blog post series, we’ll be introducing you to some of our employees – after all, our people are key to making sure we provide inspiring digital intelligence to our clients. This time we talked to John, one of our Editors who first Media Measurement in November 2018.
What were you doing before you joined Media Measurement?
Before I joined Media Measurement, I spent 13 years working in the media monitoring industry at locations in East London. I started working in the press cuttings sector straight from university and my role as an editor mainly consisted of analysing material from the national and international written press. So, the biggest different in my daily routine since joining MM has been in the analysis I have carried out in connection to social media platforms. This rather mirrors society’s gradual shift away from traditional forms of media to online sources and this has seen me engaging with some interesting areas of social media that I previously had little knowledge of.
What were your first impressions of MM?
My very first impressions of Media Measurement as a company were of a forward-thinking and fast-growing group which already seemed to be ahead of the curve in the digital research consultancy industry, but was still constantly looking to improve and innovate. In terms of the workforce, I was instantly impressed that a relatively young group of people were so driven to deliver on their individual projects but were also so approachable and willing to help their colleagues at the drop of a hat. The team is encouraged to use their initiative but also to reach out when required. I certainly felt very welcome and, as the workforce continues to grow, I hope I can be just as helpful to new members of the team.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Much of my work since joining Media Measurement has been with the MM Networks department, which delivers daily breaking news alerts, as well as more extensive analysis work, to a range of global clients. A typical day overseeing some of the alerts for our customers in the United States starts with me editing material supplied by our hard-working and talented team of freelance writers and adding any coverage from social media. Clients in the US then receive their daily MediaMemo alerts at the very start of their working day, given the time difference.
Lunch normally features a home sandwich and crisps in the chilled breakout area – I admit to being a creature of habit!
The second half of my day consists of further breaking news updates for our highly-valued US clients and some analysis work on one of the weekly, fortnightly or quarterly reports that we produce for a number of equally highly-valued customers in the UK and beyond.
What advice would you give to those starting their career in digital research?
I would certainly advise asking lots of questions. It’s the best way to learn and allows you to get to know your colleagues a bit more along the way. Try to use your initiative where possible but be honest with yourself and your colleagues about the skills you have to offer and the areas where you might be able to improve. And take notes. Lots of notes!
We’re always on the look out for intelligent and inquisitive individuals to join our team. If you want to throw your hat into the ring, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Careers page. We’re currently recruiting for a range of freelance roles and a Business Development Manager.
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