Wired seeks an editor to lead business and industry coverage

February 2, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

Wired is seeking an experienced editor to lead our business and industry reporting. Reporting to Wired’s executive editor for news, this is a senior management position with oversight of 12+ reporters and editors across our US and UK teams.

In this role, you will be responsible for both the big picture and the smaller details. Working with WIRED’s senior leadership, you’ll develop and constantly iterate on editorial strategies that will deliver results across coverage areas; you’ll develop coverage plans around tech companies, personalities, and events, and you’ll manage a budget and a freelance roster. You’ll be responsible for working with senior editors on your team to implement your strategies and plans, and partnering closely with audience development to maximize the reach and impact of the journalism you oversee.  You’ll also collaborate frequently with WIRED’s digital video team to execute cross-platform coverage that brings the best of WIRED to platforms including YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram Reels.

To be successful in this position you should have extensive knowledge of the tech industry’s major and upcoming players, and a demonstrated history of leading teams that break news. The ideal candidate should have an informed view of the power of big platforms, the impact of artificial intelligence, the future of work, and other key areas of our coverage. We’re less interested in earnings reports than getting inside pivotal companies and exploring their influence. On a tactical level, we’re looking for someone who is a strategic, empathetic, and collaborative leader: Since you’ll be managing both editors and writers, you need to know when to lean in and when to delegate, and how to motivate a team; given the cross-border and cross-functional nature of this role, you’ll also need to work effectively with other members of the WIRED team and partners across Conde Nast. Ultimately, you’ll be responsible for the success of WIRED’s Business section as measured by audience size and engagement.

Primary/Ongoing Responsibilities: 

  • Conceive of, pitch, and develop content strategy and planning for WIRED’s Business section.
  • Work with senior leadership to define goals and priorities for your respective areas, ensuring all content plans ladder up to broader brand goals and objectives.
  • Proactively seek out interesting, diverse voices who can help WIRED deliver differentiated business and industry coverage.
  • Partner with audience development to review audience engagement KPIs and use this data to consistently improve content strategy and output.
  • Manage all projects from concept to execution including, but not limited to:  Assigning, tracking, and editing stories from staff and freelancers; budgeting; partnering with photo/art teams on visuals and design to accompany stories; reading proofs and answering fact-checking and copy queries; seeing stories through production processes; and partnering with social and/or video teams to ensure stories have maximum impact.
  • Meet individual and/or section KPIs as assigned (i.e. production expectations, UPVs, engagement, time spent, and/or other related goals).
  • Identify and work collaboratively with global markets on all relevant stories or packages.
  • Lead, mentor, and manage a team of editors and reporters across the U.S. and UK including, but not limited to: Overseeing hiring, talent development, and performance management for direct reports; implementing clear processes and communication channels for the desk; delegating work across the desk and providing clear direction and constructive feedback; fostering a transparent, respectful, inclusive, and collaborative team environment.
  • Contribute to brand extensions, social platforms, and additional projects as needed.
  • Represent the brand in a public-facing way as necessary, such as on social media, in press opportunities, panels and speaking engagements, and internal company presentations.
  • Additional projects/stories as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience as an editor in a fast paced, digital and news-driven environment, with at least 3 years managing others.
  • A past portfolio of work that reflects significant experience covering the tech industry, including a consistent record of breaking news
  • Experience overseeing multi-platform content from brainstorm to execution; able to balance daily deadlines with longer-lead projects and delegate as appropriate to maximize the team’s impact
  • Experience and passion for delivering big, ambitious coverage, particularly around Big Tech, AI, and other core areas of focus
  • Skilled at helping editors conceptualize stories and work to get the best out of writers; equally adept at helping writers achieve their best reporting and writing. Able to structure a story for maximum impact, reader understanding, and engagement.
  • Highly collaborative with excellent communication skills; adept at working with a diverse team of fact checkers, copy editors, designers, photo editors, digital producers, social media producers and story editors.
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • We are open to candidates in NY, SF and London.

The expected base salary range for this position is from $125,000.00-$160,000.00.  Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including but not limited to relevant skills, training, experience, and education.

To apply, go here.

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