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Volume 30, Issue 4 - Medical journalism

Sustainable development, climate emergency, and journalism: The emerging role of medical writers


The Sustainable Development Goals, set up by the UN in 2015, provide a framework for the policy makers in government and other advocates to work towards planetary health in a more holistic way. For the general public, these goals might not always be clear. Thus, conveying the climate emergency that we are in, its impact on health, the measures being taken, and what we as citizens can do, without causing panic among the audience, is of paramount importance. In this article, we provide a brief overview of reporting on sustainable development, the role of medical journalists and medical writers, the changes that have happened in terminology, and the resources available for medical writers who want to consider medical journalism (with special focus on sustainability) as a career option.

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Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Amy Whereat

Petal Smart

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Sarah Milner

Section Editors

Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Phil Leventhal

Manuscript Writing

Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Laura Kehoe

Out on Our Own

Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Kimi Uegaki

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Lay out Designer

Chris Monk