Part-time/freelance Cover story editor

Lincoln Park, Chicago, may work offsite
$500 per cover story / approx 20 per year
Mar 17, 2016
Editor / Editorial
Freelance, Part Time

Part-Time Cover Story Editor

About the role:

The cover story editor is responsible for producing an informative, interesting cover story package for each print issue. Each of the 20 annual cover stories consists of:

  1. One main, detailed story, which may source multiple reports and interviews, usually between 1,500 and 3,500 words
  2. Two to four sidebars or supplementary articles that will appear alongside the cover story. These can range from a handful of small, 100-word “inserts” to longer, article-length pieces of 400-500 words and will often require an interview.

The cover story editor will work with Chicago Agent’s managing editor and publishers to build cover story assignments, identify sources, and plan sidebars.

The cover story editor selects and manages writers to complete the work and may personally write some stories upon the editor’s approval. She will regularly review story tips, check relevant news outlets and competitor publications to propose story ideas, as well as identifying graphics needs and design ideas for laying out each cover story package.

The cover story editor will also thoroughly edit all drafts and turn them in to the managing editor on agreed-upon deadlines.

The CSFE manages all contracts with writers.

The cover story editor will coordinate with agents, managing brokers, association reps, PR contacts, and others to line up sources for each assignment.

On occasion, the cover story editor may be tasked with pitching story ideas and sources, so the ideal candidate will have a knack for identifying a good story. An existing network of local real estate contacts will be a huge plus, but is not required.

The sources for each story will be provided by the managing editor: the cover story editor will work with various agents, brokerages, association and PR firms to nail down each source, get commitments for their participation and assist writers with arranging interviews if necessary.


5-7 years of experience writing and editing for a print publication, preferably with a niche audience. Candidates with experience writing for real estate will be prioritized.

Expert knowledge of AP Style and magazine publishing best practices are required. Diligence in meeting deadlines is required.

Clear, efficient written and verbal communication skills are key for this role. Quick response time and the ability to prioritize are vital.

About Chicago Agent:

We publish both in print and online, but this position will only be involved with the creation of print issues.

The majority of our readers are real estate agents in the city and in the suburbs, but lenders and developers also read our magazine. We focus on the news and issues that affect them.

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