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Updated October 24, 2017

Deputy Editor

Job description: The Chicago Reader is looking to hire an experienced, motivated, and thorough Deputy Editor to direct the news, politics, city life, and investigative coverage of the award-winning weekly newspaper and website. The position’s principal accountabilities include managing staff and freelance writers; editing and writing features, columns, and blog posts; and maintaining a department budget. The position is full-time and is based in the Reader’s River North offices.


  • At least two years editing and/or writing experience at a newspaper, magazine, or other outlet
  • Deep knowledge of and passion for Chicago news, politics, and urban issues
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple priorities, plan ahead, and hit deadlines
  • Ability to manage and motivate writers to do their best work
  • Knack for generating distinctive story ideas and narrative approaches
  • Rigorous editing standards
  • Sterling news judgment
  • Familiarity with Society of Professional Journalism standards
  • Strong contacts list of freelance writers
  • Proficiency with Adobe InCopy and content management systems, and working knowledge of HTML a plus

To apply: Please send your résumé, a cover letter that gives us a feel for your writing voice, and a few published clips (accepted formats: link to an online portfolio, links to individual stories, or PDF attachments) to with the subject line “Deputy Editor – Chicago Reader.”


We are always looking for interns to assist in each of the following departments:

  • News & Politics
  • Arts & Culture
  • Music
  • Food & Drink
  • Social Media and Web
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography

Intern duties involve everything from assistance with the publication's work flow (data entry, fact checking, transcription, uploading articles to our website, page design, photo gathering) to pitching and writing short pieces, blog posts, and longer articles within your department.

Interns are required to work at least ten hours a week, but you can work as many hours beyond that as you like. The internships are unpaid, and we'll need to sign for college credit (but there is free cereal and candy and coffee in our office—sometimes even pizza!).

Applicants should send a resumé, cover letter, and two to three relevant clips or a portfolio of your work to

The deadlines for applications for each term are as follows:

  • Winter, December 1
  • Spring, March 1
  • Summer, May 1
  • Fall, August 1

We will only consider applicants currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.

Please include in the subject line the department that's of greatest interest to you.

The Chicago Reader is an Equal Opportunity Employer.