We’ve kicked off 2021 with a brand new team member - Megan Turner who has joined the agency as PR exec. Let’s find out more about our new recruit:
Hi Megan, welcome to Team Motive. How do you feel about joining us in the middle of a global pandemic?
Thank you for being so welcoming in such an odd climate! It has been a challenge not being able to see my new colleagues face to face, but everyone has been so helpful. Pandemic or not, I’m excited to learn the ropes and get some great coverage out there for our clients.
What were you doing before joining the agency?
Before I joined Motive, I was working in local news making radio and television. I set up guests for radio shows, wrote scripts, floor managed in the television studio and made lots of tea! I learnt loads about how journalists operate and the day-to-day inner workings of a newsroom, which will be super helpful getting stories out there in my new role.
What are your go to media titles for news and entertainment?
To get on top of current affairs, I read The Guardian and The Telegraph mainly. It is also important to get some relief from the heavier side of what is going on in the world, comedy panel shows and podcasts like The Last Leg and The New Quiz are great for that. I also like being across celebrity news (or gossip as some would call it) and I’m finding that lots of stories are breaking on social media, giving people in the public eye the chance to tell their own narrative.
Why did you decide on a career in PR and what do you think will be your favourite parts of the role?
I decided to embark on a career in PR because I love the variety it offers. After doing some work experience, I studied Journalism at Nottingham Trent University and really enjoyed the PR and communications module they offered – I even managed to recruit LadBaby to help me with some of my coursework! I find coming up with creative ways to tell a story really fun and I think alongside writing, that will be one of my favourite parts of the role.
You have a lot of broadcast experience, who is the most famous person you’ve met? Feel free to shamelessly name drop.
I got to speak to some cool people over the phone, but sadly my time in the broadcast industry didn’t have me mingling with the stars. The not so glitzy highlights included standing in the same press box as Alison Hammond, walking past Rick Astley in a corridor and making a coffee for Coleen Nolan.
Who do you think would win in a fight between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk?
I’m in no position to make a proper educated guess on this, but I’d back Bezos. There is no reason..
[EDIT: NO WAY, MUSK EVERY TIME].
What do you like doing outside work?
During lockdown I have discovered loads of new hobbies… from cross stitching flowers, moulding people out of clay and many a failed attempt to make sourdough. Music also consumes a lot of my time outside of work, I love listening to anything from Motown to brand new tunes. Before the pandemic hit, I went to lots of live gigs and captured moments from them with my DSLR camera.
Do you have any pets?
I have only ever had hamsters… despite years of pestering the parents for a puppy!
Any advice for job hunters trying to break into comms / PR?
Being a graduate in the pandemic, I feel like I read just about every clique application and interview tip out there! I think what really helped me was getting a head start on work experience in a relevant field, being honest about my skills and applying for jobs even if I wasn’t sure I was qualified. The interviewer might see something in you that you don’t see yourself, or even have a different position in mind!
Thanks Megan and welcome to the team.