Wide Open Roads Managing Editor

Wide Open Media Group Published: July 11, 2017
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Wide Open Media Group is recruiting a Managing Editor for our newest website, Wide Open Roads, set to launch in September 2017. Wide Open Roads will be focused on cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, off-roading - basically anything with a motor on land. This person will be responsible for leading the pre-launch process to ensure we have a wide variety of content ready for launch and also for full management of the site at the point of launch and going forward.

The Wide Open Roads Managing Editor will work Monday-Friday during traditional business hours in our offices in Downtown Austin - and at home evenings and weekends as necessary. This is a full-time, fully-benefitted role.


  • Deep personal knowledge about cars, trucks, motorcycles, off-roading etc. and ability to speak/write with confidence about these subjects - this is a MUST
  • Readiness and ability to hit the ground running and adhere to the high standard of Wide Open Media Group's current Heartland-focused properties
  • 2-3 years of web writing and/or editorial experience within WordPress or other custom CMS platforms
  • Previous team management experience within a website editorial structure - this person will be directly managing a large team of contributors
  • In-depth AP Style experience - particularly in editing web content for clarity, grammar, punctuation and voice
  • Familiarity and functional ability with popular editorial management tools
  • Copy editing expertise and comfort, including no hangups with editing writers you will never meet in person
  • Superb online research abilities to source topics and identify trends in the industry and content areas
  • Strong headline writing skills, great understanding of social media content, and basic photo editing abilities
  • Exposure to / experience with Google Analytics traffic tracking


  • Work directly with Director of Content Operations to ensure pre-launch process goes smoothly and all content is prepped for launch
  • Directly manage contributor team once solidified following pre-launch process
  • Establish the voice and tone of WideOpenRoads.com by maintaining a consistent editorial process and writing your share of posts
  • Craft editorial calendar for site based on seasonal events, traffic trends and interest level in early content
  • Work with Head of Video Content and video production team to develop original content ideas
  • Be proactive and recognize where we need help / identify process improvements and offer suggestions


  • Stock options, 401K, subsidized transit passes and competitive medical/dental/vision benefits
  • Quarterly office outings - we work hard and play harder
  • Casual dress and casual environment - jeans and t-shirts are our style
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Fully stocked kitchen
  • Close proximity to most of the major bus lines in Austin to make the commute easy

We look forward to your application!

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