Day in the life of
Executive Editor – Brian Moody
A typical day includes meetings, writing, editing the work of others, planning future vehicle and tech coverage, doing media interviews on topics like fuel economy, new technology, best electric cars, and whether leasing or buying a car is best. It’s also fun to come up with new ways of covering new cars and tech.
Some of the daily work involves driving and evaluating new and used cars of all kinds – that might be a long road trip through California or it might just be using a plug-in hybrid in my daily life to see how that works out in the real world. This is one of my favorite parts of the job. Being on the open road or just driving through the local countryside is genuinely fun. Unfortunately, much of my day is also spend planning calendars and planning publishing guidelines.
A little bit of travel, flexible hours, get to drive the latest hybrids, EVs, and sample new in-car tech. Often, we get to sample new vehicles before they’re on sale and that’s nice – if you’re into new tech. I often get to tour manufacturing facilities, visit automakers world HQ, and meet with the people who are developing the next generation of green transportation. Once, Kia invited a few of us to Korea to drive an all-new electric car in the countryside. Along the way, we got to meet Kia executives, hear of their future plans, and give our opinion of their car. It’s rewarding because you can tell the leaders were really listening to what we said.
Lately, lots of meetings. This job really has very few cons – but that depends on the publication. It’s a people job about half the time so that’s something to keep in mind for those who are more geared toward things rather than people.