Professional Profile

Jackie Mantey is a nimble and friendly freelance/ contract copywriter, editor, and proofreader based in Chicago, Illinois. With an eagle eye and discerning pen, Jackie can offer her skills to short-term and long-term writing projects alike.

Jackie graduated cum laude with honors from Kent State University in 2008, with a degree in magazine journalism. After some time as a magazine and newspaper features reporter and assistant editor, Jackie moved on to the marketing world. She gained corporate copywriting experience at the international fashion brand Express, as well as agency senior copywriting experience at Ologie, a branding firm in Columbus, Ohio, and VSA Partners, a creative marketing and advertising agency in Chicago.

Today, she collaborates with former colleagues and new clients as a Jackie-of-all-(writing)-trades. To review her portfolio, receive a client project list, or discuss your writing and editing needs, contact Jackie anytime.

Career highlights

7 years marketing and advertising copywriting experience 

  • Multiple regional American Advertising Federation Addy Award winner 
  • Silver Addy Award winner, American Advertising Federation Columbus (2018)
  • Addy Award: Judge’s Choice winner, American Advertising Federation Columbus (2017)

11 years journalism and advertorial writing experience 

  • Best Freelance Writer in Ohio, Press Club of Cleveland (2014)
  • Statewide Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) award winner (2013-2015)
  • First Place Arts Reporting, portfolio of print work, Society of Professional Journalists Ohio (2014)
  • Author of travel guidebook “100 Things to Do In Columbus Before You Die” (first edition), published by Reedy Press (2016)

2 years full-time freelance/ contract experience

  • Available to work remotely or on-site in Chicago
  • Adept at producing quality work for urgent deadlines, quick turnarounds, long-term projects, and multi-team commitments
  • Available for marketing and advertising copywriting, editing, content strategy, content writing, copyediting and proofreading, and editorial assignments
  • Google Analytics and Hootsuite Social Media certified
  • SEO copywriting pro

Writing expertise


  • Use brand guidelines and SEO strategy to write advertisements, website copy, and other multi-channel client communications
  • Work alongside brand experience strategists to develop effective content strategy for digital deliverables
  • Write copy for blogs, website redesigns, online advertisements, recruiting campaigns, headlines, email marketing campaigns, audio and video scripts, A/B testing, social media posts, ecommerce product descriptions, and more


  • Offer creative teams strategic thinking, content structure expertise, and knowledge of business and marketing principles
  • Develop brand and copywriting guidelines and train client staff to use them effectively
  • Interview stakeholders or sources and research appropriate materials to develop compelling long-form narratives, punchy print content, or effective client communications
  • Write all headlines and copy for event collateral, supplementary marketing pieces, books and guidebooks, integrated print campaigns, direct mail, retail catalogs, holiday greeting cards, client gifts, and more


  • Work independently to develop unique concepts and content that solve clients’ business and brand challenges
  • Create conceptual platforms for re-branding, campaign, and event efforts
  • Interact closely with designers and creative directors to create and refine content for a chosen design direction, identifying alternative messaging strategies for achieving client objectives
  • Perform effectively at concept development, group brainstorming, and placeholder copywriting, in both independent and collaborative settings
  • Collaborate in the development and definition of voice for a client, program, brand, or individual project
  • Establish and/ or interpret brand positioning, tone, and attributes quickly and effectively