The news writer is a key member of the team that produces Global Health NOW, a digital news initiative that includes a website, social media and a weekday e-newsletter serving the global health community. Global Health NOW is produced by the award-winning Communications and Marketing team in the Office of External Affairs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The writer will help produce on deadline the weekday Global Health NOW e-newsletter that reaches tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide. The writer’s responsibilities may include: crafting short summaries of news articles, finding important global health news articles to include in the daily e-newsletter, proofing summaries, and formatting and sending the e-newsletter by 8 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. The writer will provide other editorial help as needed.
This is a part-time, casual position that requires three hours of early morning work each weekday. The writer will work from home or at an offsite location. The best candidates for the job will have a passion for news and global health, strong news judgment, excellent deadline writing and journalism skills, and an enthusiastic, can-do attitude.
The writer reports to Global Health NOW’s Associate Editor.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Search, prioritize and summarize global health articles in news sites, websites, journals, blogs, and social media.
- Craft concise, well-written summaries of the day’s most important articles under strict deadline.
- Assist in proofreading, fact-checking and editing summaries.
- Place, format and link summaries using MailChimp, an online email service.
- Compile and schedule the “best of the week” e-newsletter.
- Perform occasional original reporting and news writing.
- Reliably work planned hours: 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.
- Other duties as assigned (which may include searching and sizing for photos, etc.).
Note: The writer is expected to provide his or her own computer, phone, and reliable high-speed Internet access.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Two years related experience. Writing samples may be required.