Columnist - Cushing’s Disease News

Worldwide Contract Allows remote

BioNews Services, a digital news company dedicated to creating communities for patients with rare diseases and their caregivers, is looking for members of the Cushing's Disease community to join our freelance staff of patient and caregiver columnists on Cushing's Disease News!

Columnists at BioNews Services are patients with chronic and rare diseases, or their caregivers, who write at home of their daily experiences, concerns, challenges, interests, adventures, frustrations, and joys — their everyday life — for others struggling with the same disease. Topics can range from experiences with treatments or socializing to difficulties readjusting to the give-and-take of each day. In other words, experiences that will speak to your readers.

Please note you MUST be a member of the Cushing's Disease community--patient or caregiver--in order to apply for this position. 

Columnists have considerable leeway, within well-defined limits, to choose the topics of their columns, which we try to run on a regular weekly, biweekly, or monthly schedule, though allowances are made. All are reviewed with a critical eye by professional editors who will work with you to smooth rough spots and help you grow as a writer. 

What we look for in a Columnist:

  • Diagnosed patient or caregiver to a patient within the rare disease or disorder site you are writing for.
  • Excellent written communication skills. A proven ability through established publications or a blog to write well and communicate thoughts clearly is a definite advantage.
  • Ability to produce accurate and detailed content in a competitive environment.
  • Openness to communicating needs or problems to editors in a timely fashion.
  • Willingness to accept changes and feedback to columns made by editors, and openness to discussing differences in a professional manner.
  • Openness and ability to learn new technologies to meet the changing demands of online publishing, and to upgrade current skill set.
  • Flexible in working in a self-directed, rapidly changing environment. 
  • Attention to detail, responsible, and reliable.
  • Experience working in digital media a plus.

Some Guidelines we give our Columnists:

  • Work with editorial department to create content for external audiences on specific disease-related sites.
  • Deliver stories as per publishing schedule for assigned site(s).
  • Generate stories meant for patients and caregivers.
  • Send out content documents to editors and coordinating with them for suggestions and final approvals.
  • Staying current on industry trends for possible opportunities to attract new readers or create stronger, more engaging content.
  • Write a column once weekly that discusses aspects of life in the sphere of chronic illness and disabilities. Columns should aim to inform, raise awareness, and share non-medical advice.
  • Revise writings as requested by editing team.
  • Meet deadlines as appointed by head of columns.
  • Communicate consistently and frequently via the platform app Slack.