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Austonia, a for-profit, all-digital Austin news startup, is looking for the right person for a new editorial leadership position.

Do you have 5+ years in digital, broadcast, or print news, including field experience, producing/editing, and social media? Are you at a point in your career where you’re ready to run things? Ready to make your mark? This could be the opportunity for you.

In two years we’ve pushed our way into the Austin media landscape, and we’re looking for the leader who can move us toward the front. Us:

  •, reaching 250,000+ users/month
  • Our daily AM email newsletter, 20,000+ daily subscribers
  • Social media, 50,000+ followers

Austin is the most interesting city in the world, and we want to cover it that way. The people, issues, companies, opportunities, challenges, and cultures that make Austin dynamic and successful.

Are you really the right fit for this? Are you in alignment with our strategy and culture? Do you say “yes” to these questions?

  • I’m driven to get scoops and beat other news outlets, day-after-day.
  • I’m excited to focus on an influential, upscale audience, and willing to leave traditional reporting to our city’s excellent non-profit news organizations, like KUT, The Texas Tribune, and the Austin Monitor, all of which we admire but don’t want to duplicate.
  • I’m as excited about covering @elonjet and where to get a great breakfast taco as I am about covering Project Connect. It’s all part of Austin’s fabric.
  • I want to be a leader in utilizing analytics to constantly tune our news offering to the needs of our audience, doing more of what they like and less of what they don’t.
  • I want to help advance the frontiers of news by bringing new forms of storytelling to local reporting.

Success in this role is based on leadership: personal tradecraft excellence; connecting with Austin culture; leading the team of staffers and contributors in identifying, sourcing, and presenting impactful stories; teaching “best practice” methods and standards; expert use of language; building digital stories from media elements; effective social media presence. This person will be our lead journalist, writing and creating content alongside the team.

Title is negotiable. Editor. Managing Producer. Director of Content.

The position reports to Austonia’s CEO.

Compensation is $70,000+, depending on experience. Benefits include PTO and employee Blue Cross Blue Shield “Silver” health coverage, with 100% of the monthly premium paid by the company.

This is a hybrid, mostly remote position. Must live in Austin.

To apply, follow this link to answer a few short questions and get started.


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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.