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Rosemary Brierley - Tidings Editorial Team

Dec 11, 2015

Tidings magazine is the most-read regular stoma publication with over 19,000 individuals receiving a copy each quarter. The magazine contains real life stories, news and updates from the Colostomy Association, developments in the stoma industry, information from other charities and articles from health care professionals. 

The magazine is highly regarded by ostomates with 93% of recipients rating Tidings as ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’. The content and direction of the magazine is decided by its volunteer Editorial Team. This group commissions, writes and evaluates the various articles for Tidings and decide what goes in each issue.

The longest-standing member of the Editorial Team is Rosemary Brierley who has been involved with the production of Tidings since its very first issue in 1998. 

A huge amount of time goes into the production of every issue of Tidings magazine. For each edition, Rosemary’s role is to read all correspondence from readers, select questions for our nurse to answer as well as looking out for suitable articles and individuals for the Real Lives section of the magazine.

Rosemary then collates all this material, makes any necessary edits and circulates all these articles before each issue’s editorial meeting. At the meeting, a mix of CA volunteers and staff then decided which articles should be included, which should be held back for future issues and which should be turned down.

The greatest challenge for members of the Editorial Team is to find the right balance of content in the magazine. Rosemary said: “Everyone’s experience of a stoma will be different. Some of our readers will have been receiving Tidings for years; for others it will be the first time they have come across the magazine: they may be facing stoma surgery or in the early days after their operation.”

Maintaining the balance in content ensures that each of the 19,000 readers is able to find something in Tidings useful to them as an individual.

For Rosemary, the most enjoyable aspect of being part of the Editorial Team is reading the various stories that are submitted: “Many ostomates have written or told me their stories for Tidings: men and women who have experienced a stoma, often due to cancer or diverticulitis in later life. 

“They have expressed how they felt in the early days after surgery, the problems they’ve encountered, and often described how they have returned to their work and leisure activities or are enjoying their retirement and perhaps travel - I have enjoyed reading them all”.

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