Staff Writer

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedFebruary 15, 2017
IndustriesAcademia, Nonprofit
Job StatusFull-time

Job Description Summary

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) seeks a Staff Writer for AAMCNews, the dynamic, mobile-friendly destination for the latest news, current trends, and ongoing conversations about the most important topics in academic medicine. The Staff Writer is responsible for completing 2-4 articles each month depending on length and complexity. This includes interviewing sources and managing staff and source approvals, completing revisions after copy editing, and gathering images to accompany articles.

The Staff Writer will be expected to generate article ideas and develop other stories that are assigned by the editor. In addition, the person in this position will help with production duties: formatting articles in templates, notifying sources when their articles are posted, revising freelancer copy, submitting weekly updates for the site, and assisting the managing editor with other tasks that arise.

The ideal candidate for this job will be a quick learner, efficient time manager, and an excellent writer. He or she will be able to meet regular deadlines, complete tasks with minimal supervision, and leave no details unturned


  • Writing—Write two to four articles per month for AAMCNews from long-format feature articles to short sidebars. Writing also may include revisions of freelancer copy.
  • Editorial Production— Preparing articles in templates; gathering photos, other images, and/or videos to accompany freelancer articles; notifying sources when articles are published; assisting the editor with web updates and corrections.
  • Article Development— Cultivating and developing story ideas by establishing relationships with staff and constituents. The writer will be responsible for finding research to support each article and to provide related resources for readers


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications required, along with at least 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Intermediate editorial skills in writing for the web, editing, interviewing, fact-checking, and strategic communications. This includes attention to detail and a facility with multitasking. The ability to write snappy headlines and teasers are a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with other people at many levels of authority and in a diverse professional environment.
  • Health care background is preferred; writing content is geared toward professionals in academic medicine, not consumers.
  • Experience working in a membership association, advocacy group, or in higher education preferred

Please submit a cover letter and published writing samples with your application.


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