Over the past four years we have been supporting new writers to develop their skills in scientific health reporting through our Emerging Voices programme.
Emerging Voices gives new writers opportunities to develop their skills in a professional and supportive environment. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to write, update and edit information and articles on aidsmap, including news articles, email bulletins and factsheets. We offer support and coaching – and we pay for any published work, so there’s the opportunity to earn while you learn.
A greater range of experience within our team elevates our work. The Emerging Voices programme is open to people in the UK and from all over the world. You will need to have email access and be able to attend online meetings.
We are keen to work with people from regions and communities with high levels of HIV. We particularly welcome applications from trans and young people, from people of colour and from people with lived experience of migration, sex work, injecting drug use or incarceration – all groups which are currently under-represented in scientific writing. We’d like to recruit more people with strong connections to communities affected by HIV in Africa, Asia, Latin America and elsewhere. We welcome applicants who are living with HIV but there is no expectation that writers need to be open about their HIV status.
Many people who have participated in the Emerging Voices programme have gone on to become regular freelance contributors to aidsmap and some have used the skills and experience gained to access new employment opportunities writing about health.
“I came in with no medical background and zero science writing experience, but through the support I’ve been getting, in just about one year, I understand and can clearly write about the latest news on HIV. Besides the writing, the programme has enabled me to unlearn and relearn the way I think about HIV prevention and treatment. This has given me a voice so that I can now confidently speak to peers and people in my community about the things I write, and how HIV has changed.”
Edith Magak, journalist from Kenya.
“As a person living with HIV, I am acutely aware of the importance of trustworthy information in fighting stigma and achieving optimal health. Through the programme, I received one-on-one mentoring and feedback as I revised and created content about topics I am passionate about. This has strengthened my writing, editing, and research skills, as well as my confidence in my abilities.”
Mariah Wilberg, US.
“As a curious person living with HIV, I always enjoyed reading scientific papers on HIV but explaining them to other people was not always easy. Reading scientific papers and reporting on them for aidsmap helped me break things down for other people living with HIV and enabled me to argue certain points better as an activist.”
Oğuzhan Nuh, a queer and HIV activist from Turkey.
The current wave of recruitment to Emerging Voices closes on Friday 10 November (applications by 9am UK time please).