General Information

Location: Falls Church, VA, Washington, DC

Organization: FDANews

Job Type: Full Time - Regular

Description and Requirements

JOB SUMMARY: This role has two areas of responsibility; first and primary is reporting for Drug Industry Daily Bulletin. Second, this role will perform as an Assistant Editor of articles for Device Premium and Device Daily Bulletin.

As a reporter you will be responsible for developing and writing daily articles on the pharmaceutical (drugs and devices) and clinical industries. Most of the reporter’s time is spent gathering news and expert viewpoints on relevant topics, by phone and in person, and writing stories in accordance with established FDAnews style and standards. This role must be on top of key industry trends and events, new developments and key issues in U. S. and European pharmaceutical and clinical business topics, regulations, guidances and legislation. The beat and the readership of the newsletters include all aspects of the drug and device industries and requires the reporter to understand the particular needs and interests of those groups. The reporter also must develop enterprise features outside the regular news cycle to provide more in-depth information on key topics.

As the Assistant Editor you will perform daily sweeps on device industry news and developing four briefs and three short stories on developments and breaking news in the device arena. This role, in collaboration with the Managing Editor, will make daily decisions on the bulletins and stories developed. Some articles will be created freelancers and other staffer members, but this role will also be responsible for writing content and providing a first edit on stories that he/she doesn’t produce.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:

To be considered for U.S.-based positions unless currently employed by WCG, where permitted by applicable law (including any applicable reasonable accommodation, medical or religious exemption), candidates must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by start date.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

·       Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • 10 years daily reporting and 5 years’ experience as a daily news editor
  • Ability to cover complex topics and report on them in a coherent, concise manner
  • Understand the issues and intricacies of the various sectors of the clinical trials industry; preferred
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate and speak consultatively to customers;
  • Strong telephone skills and confident making daily phone calls
  • Excellent editing skills

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.

  • Meet with Managing Editor every day to create a list of stories for that day’s device publications.
  • Exhibit knowledge of the readership and judgment of what constitutes news for that audience, as well as from a general journalistic perspective; ensure reporting provides effective and appropriate news coverage.
  • With Managing Editor, help plan overall focus and coverage based on subscriber contacts and knowledge of key industry trends.
  • File one to two stories of about 500 words per day.
  • As Assistant Editor develop four briefs and three short stories on developments and breaking news in the device arena: coordinate copy with the Managing Editor, freelance journalists and individual contributions.
  • Provide final copy to production by editorial deadline and complete proofing and corrections to copy by deadline.
  • Ensure the quality of information in the newsletters as a Reporter and Editor.
  • Develop enterprise features outside the regular news cycle to provide more in-depth information on key topics.
  • Ensure ample time for reporting, writing, and editing.
  • Effectively schedule time to meet demands required to supervise the content creation and production, including doing a first edit of medical device articles on deadline, while fulfilling other required duties.
  • Monitor federal and international regulations and guidance affecting the pharma industry, including drugs and devices.
  • Attend local and out-of-town industry and regulatory meetings/conferences as required.
  • Participate in significant business-related social functions, receptions at meetings and conferences.
  • Work with subordinates, peers and superiors to produce exceptional publications that meet the needs of subscribers.
  • Help marketing department obtain mailing lists, such as trade group members and attendees at key meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor. These may, on occasion, be unrelated to the position described here.
  • Attendance and punctuality are essential functions of the position.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

TRAVEL:  20-50%