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