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Twitter to the Rescue

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Cynthia L. Kryder, MS AMWA Journal Social Media Section Editor Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine writing a headline such as this one for an AMWA Journal blog post, but there it is. I first wrote about Twitter in the June, 2009, issue of the AMWA Journal. At the time, Twitter was taking the world by storm and hundreds of people were joining the platform on a daily basis. Back then, Iand many other colleaguesneeded to be convinced of its relevance for medical communicators. Weve come a long way, baby. Twitter has evolved from what some considered a social-media diversion to a tool that two AMWA members used to support a virtual presenter during a ...
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Red Letter Days

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As medical writers, we all edit. Even if editor isnt in your job title, you edit at least your own work. And if youre anything like me, you edit all the timemenus, school memos, commercial vehicles, billboards, and, sometimes, even your friends messages. We wordsmiths have lots to celebrate this week, with National Grammar Day on Saturday, March 4, and National Proofreading Day on Wednesday, March 8. Two holidays for grammar geeks within 1 week! National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar . National Proofreading Day was created 3 years later by Judy Beaver, a corporate trainer, ...
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Welcome to the second in our series of AMWA Journal blogs! I will be taking advantage of this medium to bring information to you in between our quarterly issues of the Journal, to continue to communicate content of interest to our members while expanding the Journals communications footprint. This months blog introduces you to one of our sister organizationsISMPP. I hope you enjoy the blog, and I welcome your feedback! ~Jim ISMPPA Global Society for All Medical Publication Professionals By Al Weigel, ISMPP President and CEO The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals, or ISMPP, is a broad-based global society that welcomes ...
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Happy Valentines Day, Medical Writing* How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for the depth and breadth of grammar knowledge My mind can hold, often in deep recesses, And for the lofty goal of perfection. I love thee to the level of precision Most needed and called for always. I love thee freely, as my chosen profession. I love thee purely, words put to the page. I love thee with a passion for work That has consumed me for 30 years plus. I love thee even on days when the words flow slowly And I seem to have lost all faith. Yet I continue Through smiles, tears, and sometimes thoughts of escape But medical ...
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One of the many challenges of operating a nonprofit association is staying up to date with the many state and federal laws that regulate how nonprofits must operate. In 2016, the AMWA Board of Directors became aware of the need to update AMWAs governance documents and structure to comply with new legal requirements and governance best practices that have been instituted over the past 15 years. As a first step in modernizing AMWAs governance structure and governing documents, the AMWA Constitution was updated, and the update was approved by AMWAs Board of Directors in October 2016. Now AMWAs voting members must approve the new Constitution. Why is AMWA updating ...
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I hung up the phone after another lengthy, laugh-filled conversation with my best friend, Frank. My sisterwho was visiting at the timecommented, Ive always thought that was wonderful about you two. . . no matter how long its been since you last talked, you always just pick right up where you left off. Thats the sign of a true friendship. What a nice comment! And so it is with AMWA. Since joining in 1995, my involvement in the association has waxed and waned. But Ive always thought it wonderful about the friends Ive made in AMWA . . . no matter how long its been since we last talked, we always seem to just pick right up where we left off! Attending the ...
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Dear Santa

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The holidays are not too far off, and Ive been so busy, I havent written my list to Santa yet. I hope its not too late to ask for some things I know every medical writer could use. My Executive Committee helped me make my list this yearbig thanks to them! So heres what Im thinking aboutSanta, are you listening? Like all writers, I love books. Real books, not e-books; theres just something about having a book in my hand, really turning the pages, and getting a whiff of that wonderful aroma of a new book. Hope Lafferty said I should ask for Carol Fisher Sallers book The Subversive Copy Editor . Ms. Saller spoke at the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences ...
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Feeling Grateful

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With last Thursdays holiday still fresh in my mind, Im reminded of how thankful I am for AMWA. This association has been my professional home for about 17 years now. Over those years, each time I gave more to AMWA, I received even more in return. I am grateful for all the opportunities AMWA has given me to help me do my job better, to network with my colleagues, and to grow as a leader. I am also grateful for the nearly 5,000 colleagues I have in AMWA. Members not only make up AMWA, they make AMWA what it is. One of AMWAs core values is professionalism, and when each of you joined or renewed, you made a pledge to your own professional development, as ...
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