Jeannie Wurz

Editing • Proofreading • Writing • Reporting

Email: jwurz@swissonline.ch

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I’d like to help you communicate. With a degree in English and more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, proofreader, and publicist, I know how to produce clear, organized, error-free text. Let me know what I can do for you!

Degree: B.A. English Writing, Pennsylvania State University, 1983
Working language: English. Other languages: German, French


Editing and Proofreading:

Expertise in a particular field: Editing of medical texts for peer-reviewed journals, proofreading of conference materials, editing and production of newsletters

Editing experience: Around 1000 medical manuscripts. Since 1983, have worked as a copy editor, production editor, and proofreader, in a range of full-time and free-lance positions. Employers/clients have included a weekly news magazine, publishing companies, a graphic design firm, hospitals, universities, students, and non-profit organizations. From 2009 to 2012 I produced a quarterly newsletter for the London-based Committee on Publication Ethics (www.publicationethics.org).

Editing and Proofreading rates: CHF 100/hour ; for students CHF 60/hour


Writing and Reporting:

Expertise in a particular field: politics, ageing, intercultural issues, medicine and healthcare, communication, broadcasting, ethics

Here is my complete list of publications

Writing and reporting experience:

Stories about Switzerland: Between July 2012 and September 2016, wrote feature articles and news stories and produced podcasts for the website of the Swiss public broadcasting service, www.swissinfo.ch.

Among the topics I covered are immigrants and political participation, Bern’s participation motionpolitics as a profession, healthy ageing, publication ethicsethics and organ donation, the politics of ageingthe Swiss national anthembecoming a Swiss citizen, unemployment after age 45, geriatricstrailing spousesexecutives and stress, ageing parents at a distance, disaster responsetattoo removalforensics, immigrants and right-wing politics, nursing homeseating disordersSwiss cleanlinesssports fundinginnovation in tourismthe Holocaust assets controversyheart transplantsorgan donation, and social media at the London Olympics.

I also created audio podcasts on how old is oldunderstanding Americanatural disastersebola, suffering expat womenintegration and Swiss citizenshipalternative lifestyles for the ageing, political servicegrowing old gracefullyvolunteerismwritingmultilingualismSwiss skiingbeing political in BernnoisestressSwiss musicarmieslegends in Bern and beyond, and playing a role in Swiss history.

Ethics: From 2009 to 2012 produced a quarterly newsletter, Ethical Editing, for the London-based Committee on Publication Ethics (www.publicationethics.org).

Medicine: Past medical writing includes magazine articles, international conference reports, an editorial, a distance learning module, and a booklet for parents of children with kidney cancer.

Human interest: For the Chicago Tribune, wrote an essay  on parental expectations (A Daughter Vaults Into Her Own Dream) and an article on intercultural marriages (Special Blends).

Women and business: For the now-defunct magazine Swiss World, wrote several articles, including Ruth Dreifuss: Charting a new course, a profile of Switzerland’s first woman President.

Organizational communications: Between 1993 and 2003 produced 27 newsletter issues, a meeting report, and the booklet Welcome to Bern for the American Women’s Club of Bern.

Broadcasting: In the 1980’s worked for 4 years as a reporter for a weekly news magazine (Broadcasting & Cable), covering the Public Broadcasting beat. Notable interviewees included radio host Garrison Keillor (“A Prairie Home Companion”) and television newsmen Robert MacNeil and James Lehrer (“The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour”).

Writing and Reporting rates: Negotiable, depends on the project