Elizabeth MacKay

Freelance Portrait Photographer & Creative Writer

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
Elizabeth M. L. MacKay
Chicago, IL 60657


Groupon, Chicago, Ill.
Copy Editor December 2010 – Present
• Copy editor for fastest growing Internet company in history
• Edit 32 deals a day while helping with editorial projects
• Cross-trained to work two other positions as a fact checker and a voice editor
• Train and help other employees, work with manager on improving style
• Well-versed in Associated Press Style, Chicago Manual Style, Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Acrobat, Shell and Tera, Macintosh and PC operating systems; proficient in Roxen and Microsoft Excel; basic knowledge in Dreamweaver, HTML

Daily Chicago Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine, Law Bulletin Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill.
Copy Editor August 2010 – December 2010
• Copy editor of daily paper and monthly magazine, working on both at same time
• In charge of pulling wire and photos for daily paper
• Work directly with reporters, write headlines, take pictures for the magazine
• Correspond with public relations specialists and lawyers for the magazine

Northwest Herald, daily paper, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Copy Editor, Page Designer February 2010 – August 2010
• Edit news, sports and opinion sections five nights a week
• Design news and sport pages, averaging four pages a night
• Work on tight deadline, manage workload while helping others
• Edit photos and website

Quintessential Barrington Magazine, bimonthly community magazine, Barrington, Ill.
Senior Editor June 2008 – December 2009
• Head editor; had final approval of editorial production
• Planned content, organized and was in charge of 25 stories, five features and 20 press releases each issue
• Managed writers and photographers from content production to final result
• Wrote 750-word articles to 2,000-word features; helped with headlines
• Designed pages, took pictures when needed, assisted head designer with Web site production

Daily Egyptian, award-winning paper at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Chief Copy Editor, Page Designer January 2007 – May 2008
• Oversaw the copy editing desk of a campus daily newspaper, in charge of all editing
• Communicated with every desk in newsroom to make sure information was consistent and accurate
• Designed features, news and sports pages, averaging four pages per night

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
• Bachelor of Arts in English, creative writing; minor in journalism news editorial
• Conversational in Spanish, sign language

• Reading and writing novels, taking pictures, baking