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Senior Staff Writer


To be part of the JAMA Network is to be part of our Mission to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of public health. Join the JAMA team as the Senior Staff Writer. As part of the team, you will create original, timely, and compelling content for JAMA’s Medical News & Perspectives section. JAMA, an international peer-reviewed general medical journal published 48 times per year, is the world’s most widely circulated medical journal.


Research and develop written content for JAMA’s Medical News & Perspectives section
• Closely follows new developments and current events in medical science and health policy
• Develops timely, informative, and compelling news and feature story ideas: conduct background research, cover medical conferences and briefings, and cultivate and interview source
• Creates news articles and feature stories covering clinical medicine and health policy
• Helps other writers develop story ideas and assists in planning the overall content of the JAMA Medical News & Perspectives section using general knowledge of medical science and of key experts in research, practice, and policy
• Uses JAMA’s content management system throughout content development process
Collaborate in the selection and development of graphics and multimedia to enrich online news content
• Suggests appropriate illustrations for articles, including photos, art, charts, and/or graphs
• Works with outside sources and JAMA’s editorial graphics department to obtain or develop appropriate images
• Suggests and contributes to podcasts and videos to enrich online news content
Participate in content quality assurance processes
• Works with physician reviewers, copy editors, production staff, and the graphics department to ensure accuracy, clarity, and style consistency for JAMA news content
May include other responsibilities as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree in journalism or biological science is essential; advanced degree in either discipline is an asset
• 7+ years of newswriting experience, including 3 years of health care newswriting experience is required; familiarity with writing for physicians as well as health-savvy consumers is a plus
• Broad knowledge of medicine and biomedical science is necessary, with ability to search and synthesize information from public medical research databases such as PubMed
• Excellent scientific writing ability is a prerequisite; must be able to understand medical studies
• Experience working with digital and multimedia tools and ability to keep pace with emerging technologies; knowledge of Microsoft Word and familiarity with the Windows environment is necessary
• Ability to work well on multiple assignments from supervisors or on self-initiated projects under deadline pressure, with minimal supervision, is required
• Maturity, judgment, and personal presence to deal effectively with physicians, other scientists, and federal government officials is essential
• Interpersonal skills to cooperate with editor, staff, and other personnel at JAMA and the AMA a must
• Must have published news and feature articles and demonstrated reporting experience
• Up to 10% travel to medical conferences is required

The AMA offers competitive salaries, including an incentive plan; excellent benefits and progressive technology. Our office is a business casual environment and we respect work-life balance. Please apply for the position at The American Medical Association is located at 330 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 and is convenient to all public transportation in Chicago.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. As an EOE/AA employer, the American Medical Association will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran or disability status.


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