Join an award-winning staff and the magazine with the most paid subscriptions in Missouri as a member of our editing team.

Missouri Life is looking for:

  • a self-starter who is self-motivated,
  • organized and efficient, with a strong work ethic,
  • able to produce high-quality work in a fast-paced environment,
  • able to manage multiple projects at once,
  • passionate about delivering high-quality to readers and viewers.

Missouri Life Inc. in Rocheport (about 15 minutes from Columbia) seeks an ambitious and talented rock star to edit, write and otherwise contribute to a variety of publications, including Missouri Life,  marketing initiatives and events that Missouri Life produces and executes annually.

Missouri Life is an eight times per year, four-color statewide magazine whose mission is to celebrate and explore the state. Since this company revived Missouri Life in 1999, both the magazine and the company have experienced steady growth. The 30,000-circulation magazine has won many awards from the International Regional Magazine Association, including Magazine of the Year five times.

Our core values:

  1. Enthusiastic problem-solver
  2. Team-player
  3. Passionate about quality
  4. Honest & ethical
  5. Driven to excel
  6. Passionate about Missouri

Email Rebecca French Smith with resume, writing clips, and editing samples.

Job Description:

Prefer someone who has a 1–3 years of experience. Position requires exceptional writing, editing, and time management skills and the ability to demonstrate you have those. We are looking for someone with a passion to get to know and serve our magazine and our clients and a fire-in-the-belly to tell stories in creative ways.

Reports to: Editor in Chief Rebecca French Smith, consulting with director of sales and marketing or editorial director as needed and for quality control reviews.

The successful candidate may be asked to take a Kolbe, or DISC, or other such analysis.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Write and edit stories for both editorial and advertising/marketing
  • Follow our accuracy-check procedures
  • Write headlines, subheads, captions, and other display type
  • Final fitting editing in InCopy
  • Proofread and correct files as needed
  • Work with the creative director or videography team to plan visuals to attain best possible presentations.
  • Work with freelance editors, designers, photographers or videographers with primary production responsibilities for special projects.
  • Travel as needed
  • Participate in planning and/or executing web components of projects, as needed
  • Potential assisting with television and documentaries
  • Assist with annual Best of Missouri Life Awards
  • Assist with Big BAM, Market Fair and other events
  • Marketing support

The other critical attributes we seek are:

  • Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ambitious
  • Enjoys challenge
  • Enjoys working with others
  • Organized
  • Good time-management skills
  • Ability to think big picture but also manage the smallest details

Perks and Benefits

  • Opportunity to travel as needed and possibly attend national conferences
  • Broad scope for career development
  • Medical insurance
  • Retirement contribution plan (our match is fully vested immediately)
  • Generous first-year Paid-Time-Off policy
  • Work with a creative, award-winning group of people
  • Small, owner-involved company means flexibility and fast decisions
  • Company has grown consistently since starting in 1999, which means increasing opportunities for the right person.

Some reasons Missouri Life might be a fit for you:

  • Missouri Life reaches more than 136,000 readers statewide with every issue. We have the most paid circulation of any magazine in Missouri. Research has shown magazines with paid readership have much higher readership and retention than free publications (Monroe Mendlesohn).
  • About 1,000 newsstands across the state carry Missouri Life and order about 3,000 copies of every issue. These newsstands include Walmart, Walgreens, Schnucks, Dierbergs, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and many more outlets.
  • Our readers are affluent, with an average annual household income of $131,000.
  • We belong to professional organizations, including CRMA, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to and attend professional development training opportunities.
  • Our readers are well educated; 92 percent have advanced degrees and/or college degrees.
  • We have active, involved readers, with good distribution across age groups.
  • Our circulation is audited. This is extremely important today when many free and unaudited magazines make exaggerated claims of print runs, distribution, and readers/copy.
  • Missouri Life set a record at our audit firm (audits 5,000+ publications) for how long our magazine is kept, meaning we’ve become not only a coffee-table magazine picked up over and over again, but also a reference magazine that moves to home bookshelves for continued future reference. This speaks  to our quality,  and the quality demanded from you.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.