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ASN Society News - December 10, 2019

ASN Kidney News Editor-in-Chief Call for Applications

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) seeks candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief of ASN Kidney News (the most widely subscribed kidney publication in the world) This monthly newsmagazine examines research findings and policy changes, pinpointing clinical, research and policy trends in kidney diseases that could affect practitioners in kidney health and disease. In particular, ASN Kidney News is a venue to rapidly highlight scientific and clinical advances with editorial comment as needed.

Candidates should be ASN members who possess a wide knowledge of and broad experience in nephrology, a thorough understanding of technology and modern communication pathways, as well as the vision, writing and editing skills, time commitment, and overall effort required to produce a monthly newsmagazine. Candidates should possess strong leadership skills, intellectual vision, operational abilities and appropriate experience relevant to editing this leading newsmagazine. The term will start January 1, 2021, and continue for a six-year term; an annual stipend is provided.

This is a transformational time for kidney health. The ideal candidate will harness the momentum of this historic time in our specialty to communicate coherently a robust and optimistic vision of the state of Nephrology to all relevant stakeholders including people with kidney disease, policymakers, and the public at large. The ideal candidate will also engage the global nephrology community to elevate the voice of our specialty globally, develop mechanisms and initiatives to engage global contributors and readership, and leverage Kidney News as a platform to enhance visibility and standing of kidney science internationally.

The incoming editor is expected to develop editorial programs — inclusively representing all stakeholders — to drive and shape the national conversation on the implementation of the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative (AAKH) and achieving its innovative goals.

The editor's primary responsibility is to continue to enhance the newsmagazine's reach, reputation and voice in the community. The editor should be prepared to build on current achievements, strengthen ASN Kidney News' competitive position, advance technological achievements, develop editorial initiatives that represent the full spectrum of issues important to kidney professionals and others in the kidney community, and take full advantage of the electronic publishing environment. The editor will also work with ASN staff to ensure that ASN Kidney News activities are carried out in a fiscally responsible manner.

The editor must maintain ASN Kidney News editorial policies and procedures and establish new policies and procedures as appropriate to reflect relevant changes in medical news publishing.

The editor in chief will be responsible for recommending an editorial team for ASN Kidney News. The chosen individual will report to ASN Council through the ASN Publications Committee.

Candidates are encouraged to speak with Richard Lafayette, MD, Editor in Chief (czar@stanford.edu), Dawn McCoy, Executive Editor (dmccoy@asn-online.org), Bob Henkel, Senior Director of Communications (bhenkel@asn-online.org), or Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, FASN, Chair, ASN Publications Committee (zalaly@gmail.com) to learn more about the publication's operations and this search.

Letters of interest must include a detailed vision for how the applicant plans to build upon current successes and guide the publication over the coming six years, paying particular attention to how ASN Kidney News can play a pivotal role in AAKH, as well as a current CV with COI disclosure.

Applications must be received by February 28, 2020, and should be sent to Bob Henkel at bhenkel@asn-online.org. Candidates selected for in-person interviews will be interviewed at the ASN Publications Committee meeting in Washington, DC in May 2020.