Associate Editor

Job ID 2022-3820

Editorial United States


Position at WebMD

Medscape, a division of WebMD, develops and hosts physician portals and related mobile applications that make it easier for physicians and healthcare professionals to access clinical reference sources, stay abreast of the latest clinical information, learn about new treatment options, earn continuing medical education credits and communicate with peers.

WebMD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, medical condition, disability, veterans status, or any other basis protected by law.

Position Summary

Medscape is seeking an Associate Editor, reporting to the Medscape Oncology Senior Editorial Director. The Associate Editor will work with the Senior Editorial Director as well as the Executive News Editor to brainstorm unique news, features, and commentary ideas, edit news articles and opinion commentaries, review journals for potential studies for news coverage, assign some news coverage to staff and freelance writers, write oncology breaking news articles as needed, produce newsletters, and other editorial tasks. This position requires basic medical knowledge; solid medical news editing, writing, and interviewing skills; attention to detail; ability to meet tight deadlines; and the ability to collaborate with a large, fast-moving news team in a virtual environment. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Assign and edit news articles for accuracy, balance, timeliness, and relevance.
  • Assign and edit opinion pieces for accuracy, strength of argument, timeliness, and relevance.
  • Review major medical journals in the field for clinically relevant and important studies in Oncology.
  • In conjunction with Senior Editorial Director and Executive News Editor, assign studies for coverage to staff and freelance journalists.
  • Write breaking news articles, general news, news features, polls, or other editorial content as needed. 
  • Network and build physician contacts to acquire sources and physician contributing writers.
  • Travel to medical meetings for coverage as needed.
  • Support the Senior Editorial Director in editing a weekly email newsletter.
  • Other editorial and administrative support as needed, such as budget management, social media, and editorial policy development.


  • Bachelor's degree in English, biology, or other relevant area
  • 3+ years in editing and/or medical news reporting; experience with news for clinicians a plus
  • Comfort with writing for online publication
  • Acumen to deliver consistently high-quality news that maintains the interest of physicians and reflects a high standard of literacy and accuracy;
  • High productivity evidenced in the ability to meet deadlines and perform tasks on schedule to meet embargoes;
  • Ability to edit stories for accuracy, balance, timeliness, and relevance to the specialty;
  • High reliability and independence so that the Associate Editor can fill in for other editors during vacations, illness, or special projects;
  • Flexibility and creativity to meet the needs of a growing multimedia news team in a competitive environment.


  • Knowledge of oncology
  • Familiarity with Google Suite and publishing systems