Getting market guides ready for the AHCJ website has been a hectic month. I’d like to thank Joseph Burns, AHCJ’s insurance issue leader, and freelance medical writer, and editor Erin Boyle for their assistance.
The AHCJ website now has three new freelance market guides and one revised guide. The guides for The New York Times’ Well section (made by Joseph), Cancer Today (produced by Erin), and Next Avenue are all brand new, while the Undark market guide has been updated.
There are currently 19 market guidelines on our Freelance topic page, with more being added every month. I haven’t updated all of them yet, but I’m working on it. Please send me an email with any publications you’d want to view.
The New York Times’ Well section is looking for health and wellness-related service journalism. Articles must be backed up by scientific evidence. “We’re also searching for profiles of exceptionally interesting personalities,” adds Well staff editor Erik Vance. The section’s webpage is updated every day, particularly on weekdays. The New York Times pays $1 per word for pieces that are between 1,000 and 1,500 words long.
Cancer Today offers $1 per word as well. Long features can be up to 2,000 words long, while news items are normally 300–400 words long. When pitching, freelancers should remember that they are writing for cancer patients, survivors, and their family and friends. The magazine is published four times a year, and the website is updated twice a week with new information. In the magazine, space and assignments are limited. “For novice authors, there are more opportunities on our website,” adds Executive Editor Kevin McLaughlin.
Undark, a digital journal, has a consistent need for freelance writing, with typically five to six smaller pieces per week and one long-form story each month. It, too, pays $1 per word for articles ranging in length from 1,000 to 3,000 words. The five-year-old newspaper is intended at a broad audience interested in learning about and comprehending how science interacts with politics, economy, and culture. Tom Zeller, Jr., Editor in Chief, said the editors get a lot of TNS pitches (topic, not story).
“Having a fantastic beginning line that tells a tale is the best approach to attract our attention,” he stated. “It’s worth its weight in gold if you can grab us with a yarn.”
Next Avenue, a digital publication, does not pay as well, but freelancers have many of opportunities. It publishes five days a week and includes numerous web platforms, including health and caregiving. For an 800 to the 1,000-word tale, experienced authors can expect to get paid $500.
New authors at Next Avenue are paid around $350. Nutrition, cancer, dementia, and mental health are among the topics covered on its health channel. Each piece should involve experts and provide readers with “actionable advice.” However, health and caregiving editor Kathy Ritchie believes that a typical person should be at the heart of the tale. “It should have a soul.”