Af­ter join­ing the Mail & Guardian in 2009, Verashni be­came ed­i­torin-chief last year. She shares the scoop on mak­ing it to the top

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - @verashni

What was your big ca­reer break? Be­ing of­fered a dig­i­tal bur­sary by ews24 to nish my hon­ours year at Rhodes Univer­sity. I was pay­ing my own way but had e hausted all my op­tions and didn’t know how I’d nish my de­gree. In re­turn I worked for the com­pany for two years as a reporter – it was dur­ing this time that I was head­hunted by the Mail & Guardian. How did you rise through the ranks there? I started mak­ing sug­ges­tions and putting for­ward pro­pos­als on how to im­prove the struc­ture of the divi­sion, and within two months was made man­ag­ing editor. About a year later I was pro­moted to deputy editor on­line. I led the edi­to­rial divi­sion of the site for about four years, a time of strong growth and in­no­va­tion. I left in 2014 to go trav­el­ling and start my own busi­ness and re­turned last year as editor-in-chief. What’s been your big­gest work mis­take that’s turned out to be your best les­son? ir­ing peo­ple who re­mind me of my­self. The key to a good team is a bal­ance of skills and per­son­al­i­ties, and I’ve now learned to hire with the big­ger pic­ture in mind. How do you stay or­gan­ised? The big­gest boon of my po­si­tion get­ting a A ne of my weak­nesses since I be­gan try­ing my hand at lead­er­ship po­si­tions in the SRC at univer­sity was some­times ob­sess­ing with be­ing or­gan­ised. I’ve learned to let that go and fo­cus on big­ger goals and pri­ori­tis­ing cer­tain im­por­tant things in­stead of try­ing to stay on top of ev­ery­thing, which is rarely pos­si­ble.

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