Are you 417 material?

Our standards are high. We work with the best people to produce the best work. Our award-winning publications, events and digital platforms demand drive, creativity, skill, collaboration and a passion to improve lives in 417-land.


Job title: Freelance Writer



Write content for the 417 family of publications, custom publications and online.



  • Write bright, well-structured and error-free stories that follow the seven C's of magazine writing and fit the parameters of the story assignment and the voice of the magazine.

  • Abide by the AP Stylebook, 417 Magazine House Style and Webster's New World Collegiate Dictionary for all content.

  • Thoroughly review and understand assignment letters, go over assignments with assigning editor, set up interviews with your sources, conduct pre-reporting research, prepare interview questions, interview sources, double check all facts within finished manuscripts, abide by the 417 fact checking system, make revisions per your editor’s request.

  • Keep track of, meet and abide by all deadlines.


Education Requirements and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s in Journalism, or equivalent experience and education

  • 1–3 years work experience (fantastic internship experience counts)


Skills and Strengths:

  • Passion for interviewing, reporting and creating content

  • Strong writing and editing ability

  • Bright, conversational writing style

  • Good judgement of content that would appeal to the 417 audience

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • Comfort with following direction and receiving feedback as required

  • Oh—–and last but not least, a passion for excellence


Get to know #417culture and the work we do here.


We’re 417, a life-improvement company in Springfield, Missouri, serving more than 125,000 monthly readers across our titles of 417 Magazine, Biz 417, 417 Home and 417 Bride. We have robust digital properties to support each title, produce award-winning publications and have a custom publishing division, a ticketing platform and an event-planning division. While we're at it, we host parties and events for movers, shakers and everyone in between.

We’ve been doing this gig for 20 years, but there’s even more to come—we promise. Want to be part of it? Email cover letter, resume and writing samples to Editorial Director Katie Pollock Estes at  

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