Hazlett (BSJ ’09) joins Mashable as assistant editor
Alexandra Hazlett (BSJ ’09) was recently named assistant editor at Mashable, the largest independent news source dedicated to covering social media and technology. After a year of self-employment as a freelancer for several outlets, including Mashable, Hazlett was asked to join the company’s New York City office. In her new position, Hazlett is responsible for copy editing and line editing stories that go up on Mashable.com. According to Hazlett, the Jschool helped prepare her for the editor position because it taught her how to write.
"You can’t be a very good editor if you can’t write very well yourself and don’t have practice in writing," Hazlett said. "The journalism school also helped make me quite thorough. When you’re making sure a story makes sense and fact-checking, attention to detail is important."
Prior to her current position, Hazlett worked as associate multimedia editor for the New York Dailey News. During her time at OHIO, where she double majored in magazine journalism and economics, she worked for The Athens News and coached track at Athens High School. In addition, she earned a Global Leadership Certificate and was awarded a John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship, which allowed her to travel to Jordan.
According to Hazlett, it is easy to do well at Mashable because of the encouraging and committed staff. Hazlett enjoys her new position because it is challenging and relevant to not only her, but also to people with whom she interacts.
"It’s cool to be a part of something that I know people read that’s a cool feeling when something that you do actually impacts someone," she said. "That’s something that is unique about journalism and I think it is a reason many people get into it."