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So, You Want to Write for TheBodyPRO

April 20, 2018

What a coincidence: We want you to write for us, too!


What We Seek

As the essential resource for people whose work intersects with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, TheBodyPRO delivers accurate and useful information, vital perspectives, and a personal touch. We are interested in stories that provide news, analysis, insight, and resources regarding best practices and emerging trends within the HIV workforce.

Topics we cover span the range of the HIV care continuum and beyond, including HIV education, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, viral suppression, mental health, policy, law, quality of care, and a host of other issues that impact HIV. We especially seek to cover topics of importance to people and communities that have traditionally not received the attention and support they deserve.

We are in need of highly skilled, knowledgeable health and medical writers who are interested in working with us on any of the following:

  1. News/research briefs: Short articles (usually 400 to 600 words) summarizing the most important aspects of new HIV-related research and other HIV developments. Articles seek to put news in context through the inclusion of original quotes by the people behind these developments, as well as topical experts.
  2. Reported articles: Expanded, detailed examinations of new research or other developments. These moderate-length articles (usually 800 to 1200 words) include background, context, and several quotes, which together provide a thoughtful analysis of the relevance of the story for the HIV workforce.
  3. Op-eds and personal stories: Perspectives from members of the HIV workforce on developments and trends within their field -- or on the realities and challenges of their professional lives.
  4. In-depth feature reporting: Long-form articles, interviews, videos, or moderated roundtable discussions that deeply explore an HIV-related issue of significant relevance or importance to 1) the HIV workforce or 2) the care of people at risk for, living with, or affected by HIV. Includes significant background research and context, and usually requires skill with interview preparation, execution, and transcription.

Pay rates per article will differ depending on the type and length of the piece.


If You're Interested

  1. Email editor@thebody.com with the subject title ": Freelance Writer."
  2. Please include a cover letter that lets us know what type of stories you're interested in writing for TheBodyPRO, plus a little something about who you are, where your interests/strengths lie as a writer, and what knowledge of or background in HIV or science writing you have. If you have a resume, please provide it.
  3. Sample clips or links to articles you've written are deeply encouraged -- but no more than three, please.
  4. Let us know the typical rates you charge for freelance writing, if any.


Additional Points to Keep in Mind

  1. We'll do our best to send you a confirmation email to let you know we've received your message. However, due to the number of emails we receive and the small size of our team, we otherwise won't be able to reply to all freelance applications. We hope you'll understand; please don't write us more than once!
  2. Freelancing for TheBodyPRO does not come with any assurances regarding the number of pieces you'll write or the frequency with which you'll write them. This may vary widely depending on our needs, your ability, and your availability.

Thank you for your interest in freelancing for TheBodyPRO! We're eager to hear from you.


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