Writing Portfolio

Malia Jones is an accomplished writer with a commitment to clear, accessible communication. Her favorite writing is informational--helping people navigate confusing health information. She is also an experienced author of articles for news media, essays and op-eds, technical reports, and of course academic writing including manuscripts intended for peer-review and grant proposals. Jones served as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief at Dear Pandemic from March 2020 to May 2021, where she trained and coached writing for fellow contributing writers. She has also given trainings and seminars, teaching academics how (and why) to write for non-academic audiences.

Informational Posts on Dear Pandemic

How is it possible that my friends are social distancing and yet have colds?? by Malia Jones for Dear Pandemic, Nov 30, 2020.

Does 95% efficacy mean I have a 5% chance of catching COVID after I'm vaccinated? by Malia Jones for Dear Pandemic, April 8, 2021.

Does the COVID vaccine only last 90 days?! by Malia Jones for Dear Pandemic, February 28, 2021.

News Items

What Population Pyramids Reveal about the Past, Present, and Future, by Malia Jones for Wiscontext.org. July 30, 2019.

Packing, Cracking And The Art Of Gerrymandering Around Milwaukee. by Malia Jones for Wiscontext.org. June 8, 2018.

Where Cows and Deer Outnumber People In Wisconsin: A Badger State Approach to Rural Identity. By Malia Jones for Wiscontext.org, Nov 17 2017.

Essays & Opinions

Can we finally stop talking about "natural" COVID-19 herd immunity? Please? by Malia Jones for Slate.com, Dec 3, 2020.

Welcome to the pandexit. by Malia Jones and Christine Whelan for The Cap Times, Apr 23, 2021.

Most people are thinking of herd immunity all wrong. by Malia Jones for Slate.com, May 13, 2021.

Academic writing

Redefining Neighborhoods using Common Destinations: Social Characteristics of Activity Spaces and Home Census Tracts Compared. by Malia Jones and Anne R. Pebley, for Demography. Apr 10, 2014.

Mandatory Health Care Provider Counseling for Parents Led to a Decline in Vaccine Exemptions in California. by Malia Jones, Alison Buttenheim, Daniel Salmon, and Saad B. Omer for Health Affairs. September 8, 2018.