AMWA Mid-America Chapter



The Mid-America chapter of the American Medical Writer's Association was founded in 1985, and historically serves AMWA members living in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. We publish a quarterly newsletter (latest issue Summer 2019) , and hold regular in-person meetings. The Board of Directors also holds regular meetings by teleconference, and minutes of those meetings are available.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Mid-America chapter dinner at the 2019 AMWA Medical Writing and Communication Conference

Joanne McAndrews and Leslie Neistadt are coordinating our chapter’s dinner at AMWA's Medical Writing and Communication Conference. Participants will pay for their own food and drink. Attendees will be dining at Island Prime (880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101; on Thursday November 7th. Please RSVP to Leslie at by Friday October 11th if you plan to attend.

TechWriteSTL (St Louis)

September 05, Thursday, 6:00 pm -- Annual Dinner "The Battle for Quality Medical Journalism"
C J Muggs, 101 W. Lockwood - Webster Groves, MO - 63119
Samantha Liss is a healthcare reporter with Industry Dive, a provider of business journalism for competitive industries. She has extensive background covering the healthcare sector for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Business Journal. The need for quality and reliable information remains despite the immense pressures facing newsrooms across the country.  As the business model changes, newspaper leaders are forced to cut experienced staff and attempt to do more with less. The strain on newsrooms comes at a time when the press is under attack and a time when more Americans say they have lost trust in the press. In this presentation, Samantha will cover how the press operates, the strict separation between the editorial department and the newsroom, and how working professionals, particularly in science and medicine, can work with the press. This will include how to reach out with stories, how to talk to the press, how journalists identify stories, vet sources, and more.

November 13, Wednesday, noon - Best and Worst Books of 2019, coordinated by Leslie Neistadt
Kirkwood Public Library, 140 East Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122 - Bring Your Own Lunch

2020 January, IT Security for Your Home Office, presented by Ruth Thaler-Carter.

For more information or to register for any of these events contact Lisa Balbes.

Iowa Area Events

Check out the Iowa Networking Group's Facebook page for information about upcoming events and a chance to get to know AMWA members in Iowa, or contact Natalie Dewitt for more information.

Nebraska Area Events

Contact Rebecca Bigelow for information about events in this area.

Kansas City Area Events

Contact Swarna Mandali for information about events in this area.

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