Article originally published in the Philadelphia Business Journal on December 29, 2014
Writing a weekly column on effective leadership for publication in the Philadelphia Business Journal is a team effort between my editors and me. My editors are two Drexel University undergraduate English majors, Julia Casciato, the former editor-in-chief and managing editor of Drexel University’s independent student newspaper, The Triangle, and Alexa Josaphouitch, a co-chief copy editor of The Triangle. Speaking with both of them over time, I learned how each has gained valuable leadership experience as undergraduates.
In their role as editors, what do Casciato and Josaphouitch do? They are a set of eyes beyond mine. In addition to checking spelling, tense, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, they check for inconsistencies and ensure that the ideas and concepts I present tie together in a logical way. In addition, they check for AP Style, which is a set of writing conventions for newspaper articles. They comment on the tone of the article and if I am effectively delivering my message to the reader.
I interviewed both Casciato and Josaphouitch to learn about their leadership experiences as undergraduates at Drexel, and what they have learned editing articles for my weekly column. They both shared that by editing my column, they are exposed to leadership issues that they would not normally be exposed to as undergrads.