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Health Journalism 2011: What editors wish writers knew

Amanda Moon, Scientific American Books, (right) discusses how she works with writers as MSNBC.com's Linda Dahlstrom looks on.We love writers, declared all three panelists at "What Editors Wish Writers Knew," a well-attended freelancers' session at Health Journalism 2011. They shared some harsher facts, too. "I feel like what I do for a living is keep writers waiting," confided Sarah Austin, Self's news and health features director.

The panelists also explained some of the realities of the organizational structure of magazines, how to get their attention when you pitch a story and the need for writers to do some research about a publication's audience.

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