Associations and guilds supporting medical, health and science journalists
By Phoebe-Jane Boyd
27 Oct 2020
Translating and clarifying complicated and potentially confusing medical jargon for readers without backgrounds in medicine requires the expertise of medical, health and science writers and editors… who are now also facing the added pressures of reporting on a global pandemic to an often panicked public.
are associations and guilds providing opportunities for professionals in the
sector to connect with those working through the same challenges and access resources
Medical Journalists’ Association
Welcomes: UK health and medical journalists.
When it was founded: Ye Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street is where the
first meeting of the MJA was held, on 1 February 1967.
What are the benefits of joining: Networking opportunities (the association currently represents more than 400 health and medical journalists across the UK), access to resources and job opportunities, as well as training and career development. Once a member, you can also enter the MJA Awards for free.
it was founded: In 1994, to promote ‘high
professional standards and provide good quality, accurate health information to
are the benefits of joining: As
well as access to information, contacts and networking as well as its detailed
membership directory, there’s the guild’s free bimonthly newsletter with
resources and topical debate, discounts on seminars and workshops, links with
other organisations and job opportunities.
Welcomes: UK media professionals covering science,
medicine, environment, mathematics, engineering and technology.
When it was founded: The ABSW has provided science journalists with
networking, training and professional development opportunities since
What are the benefits of joining: Its programme of events brings members
together for debate and learning, including fortnightly webinars and
discussion groups. There are also annual awards, and the association
supports press and academic freedom for science journalists.