I have made a mistake. And though it’s hard for me to admit, i’ts quite a significant.
Few weeks ago I accept a job offering to write an article for a franchise magazine. I work as a contributor, temporarily. Means, I will only have to write if they ask me to.
My first job was to write an article about complication in pregnancy. Actually, this article was handed to me because the one who should’ve work on it suffer from a post-partum bleeding.
The first article was going smooth with no certain difficulties. Satisfied with the first one, they ask me to do another article. This time about immunization in pregnancy. And this one doesn’t go as well as the first.
After a series of researching on net, interviewing gineocologist and a couple of Moms who once had immunization shot before and in pregnancy, the article still didn’t meet the editor’s satisfaction. And nor did I.
The article was three times handed back to me for revise. Not just because the issue is quite complex, involving lots of medical term and condition, it is also very sensitive because it concerns about the safety of mother and fetus, and also about medical development and pharmacy industries. That was a very delicate subject.
Unfortunately, I sense that the editor hadn’t do her homework properly before deciding the subject should be put on the next edition. Plus, me and her kinda have a different way of understanding over the subject. I understand she tried to simplify it so that it’ll meet the audience’s perspective.
But the subject is over serious and the angle is to wide to make it fit into only four pages, plus, a chitchat to make it more compatible to her reader.
The subject were framed in way that readers would see it as black and white. In fact, according to me, thats not what is actually going on. I tried to talk to the editor through it. But I don’t have the courage to say more, considering I’m merely a freelance contributor, working for them for only twice, and the editor has work for that very media group for more than 20 years. I’m taking it for granted that she whould’ve known better on what she’s doing.
But, I’m getting restless. This would be a severe mistake. What if the doctor whom I interviewed feel that the article is way to far from what it should be? If she finds that the information were wrong and it can mislead readers? I also wrong in putting a note about the distribution of a disease. I miss understand it with another disease. But, honestly, it’s only on who might be at high risk for getting infected by the disease.
The most crucial thing is the statement that says pregnant woman may get a shot from a vaccine produced from a weakened virus. That was absolutely not my sentence. I don’t know from where did the editor take it. It was added after I sent her my last version of edited article.
I felt so bad. I felt worst. What should I do? Should I call again the editor? Because she said to me through e-mail that she already handed the article to her managing editor. Ow, man!!! That exactly what I need.
Ow, what if something bad occured after they print it? What if someone put on law suit against the magz, against ME?!?
GOD! I feel so screwed up!!
I regret I ever agree to write that article. I should’ve said NO. I wouldn’t ever wrote another medical article, even if was targeted for a bunch of fancy young mother or even a load of teenagers and tween.
GOD, PLEASE HELP ME!