Ed Finkel (BSJ89) has been a writer and communicator for more than 20 years, and he’s served in a variety of contract and freelance roles in recent years, covering a wide array of subjects.
Ed has worked full-time as a staff writer for Chicago Lawyer magazine, assistant editor for The Public Innovator newsletter, managing editor for The Neighborhood Works magazine, and in-house editor at Medill.
Since leaving Medill for the second time to become a full-time freelancer in 2002, Ed has written and edited content for independent publications as well as those based at universities and other non-profits. In addition to articles, he has written case studies and white-papers for foundation, corporate and other clients. Ed has worked as a website editor and content manager both at Medill and more recently for LISC/Chicago.
Ed’s areas of subject matter concentration include law, medicine/health, education/youth, retail/business and urban community development. Current regular clients include the University of Illinois College of Medicine and trade magazines like Modern Healthcare, the ABA Journal, District Administration, Youth Today and Shopper Marketing.
“[Medill] certainly gave me a foundation in the basics of good journalism—from AP Style to checking facts to balance and objectivity—that I continue to use to this day,” he says. “Going forward, it's given me an invaluable set of professional contacts through the Medill alumni network that has been especially helpful when it comes to freelancing, since you're always looking for both sources of work and peers with whom to bounce ideas off, compare notes, and share war stories and successes.”