Head of Content and Strategy
Josephine is our experienced Content Reviewer and brings our clients more than a decade of experience in subediting and proofing, ensuring that all the work produced at Manning & Co is to the highest standard and adheres to brand guidelines. She has more than 10 years’ combined experience successfully working as a subeditor, covering a wide range of B2B and lifestyle content. She has also edited articles and infographics for digital content hubs. From subediting Discovery Channel Magazine, to content reviewing for the Health Promotion Board Singapore, Temasek, Standard Chartered and Workforce Singapore, Josephine is a key member of the team.
Can you tell me how long you’ve been working at M&C and what your role is?
I joined M&C in April 2021 – my first day of work was April Fool’s Day, which amused me. Even better, I was on a three-day-per-week work arrangement at the time so I worked a single day, then it was the weekend for me!
Originally, I was hired as a Content Specialist, but on my first day Gemma introduced me to the team as a Reviewer. I’ve always loved being a subeditor, so I personally think “Reviewer” suited me a lot better. As the term suggests, I review copy to ensure it is grammatically correct and speaks to the right audience, and that it makes sense logically.
In May 2022 I became Head of Content and Strategy. This involves more ‘managerial’ work, but the part that’s probably the most interesting to me is mentoring my teammates. That’s been pretty fun – have to give a big kudos to my teammates for being easy to work with though. (Thanks, guys!)
What does a typical workday look like for you?
Lots of reviewing, of course, which requires me to have had my coffee before I even open Outlook! I get up pretty early every morning to make sure I have enough time to finish a giant mugful of coffee (black, no sugar) and commute to work.
This is interspersed with email communications with clients and discussions internally on Teams, as well as meetings, brainstorming sessions (both for strategy and content), and writing.
Are you playing any games at the moment?
I’m playing a few mobile games at the moment, including a match-three game called Switchcraft and a hidden object game called June’s Journey. The art for Switchcraft is very pretty!
Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’m definitely a night person. During regular work hours my peak productivity is usually clocked around 4pm to 7pm or so. I can’t go to bed before 11pm or my body perceives it as a nap; I’ll wake up in three to four hours and can’t get back to sleep. If I go to bed at 2am I sleep better (more restfully) and for longer, usually six to seven hours straight with no interruptions.
It’s nice to read and unwind when everybody else in the house is asleep – peace and quiet, finally!
What are three to five things you never leave the house without?
House keys, cash, mobile phone, and my EZlink card (that’s what we use for public transport here in Singapore). This is more or less my basic urban survival kit.
Slightly expanded set of things to never leave the house without, which requires a small bag to carry it all in: the above, plus credit cards, at least one small reusable bag (the ones you can roll up really small), a portable power bank, a spare mask (hold-over from COVID times), and a small brolly.