See You In Print!

There have never been more opportunities to create and deliver content

It is March 16 and crowds have been lining the streets for hours. Not in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day activities or a royal or presidential visit, but for something they feel is far more relevant to their lives. Hopefully there won’t be any crush injuries once the doors to Apple stores open at 8 a.m.

The highly anticipated “new” iPad is supposed to revolutionize our lives in much the same way the previous devices did. As we announced last month, you can now download the EMS World iPad app from the App Store. While we may be presenting content in a different format, the reality is that the content still needs to be created. We still need writers and photographers and videographers and bloggers. We still need words on a page and images on a screen.

Last year, EMS World columnist Mike Rubin wrote a 12-part series detailing the steps to getting published. While the technology for delivering information changes each and every day, the core ways in which editors get that information from contributors has not changed.

One of the most common phone calls I receive from EMS folks revolves around how they want to write and what they need to do next. Sad to say, only a small percentage of those initial communications actually end with someone sending me a finished article. I know that people are juggling busy schedules, while also facing their fears of putting pen to paper, but the reality is (as so many have said) that to be a writer, you need to write.

We are always looking for new contributors to add to our stable of regular authors. Writing experience isn’t as important as a passion for exploring, developing and discussing new ideas, concepts and practices.

Now more than ever, we have a variety of avenues to deliver information. Whether you take a series of photos from a training session and write a photo essay, or video tape a disaster drill to supplement a top 10 list of MCI management tips, you can create content.
Check out Mike’s series at to get your creative juices flowing, then e-mail me your ideas at—but only if you mean it!