UPI breaks Archives of General Psychiatry embargo on pot-psychosis study
Not many details yet, but UPI just broke an embargo on an Archives of General Psychiatry study on whether kids who used pot more often were more likely to develop psychosis as young adults. At 7:48 p.m. Eastern tonight, they published a story about the study, which was embargoed until Monday at 4 p.m. Eastern.
The URL where the story used to be now reads:
BRISBANE, Australia, Feb. 26 (UPI) –(Editor’s note: Please disregard and do not use the item headlined “Pot use linked to psychosis risk.” It was filed in error and in violation of an embargo. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you. –UPI)
The journal has lifted the embargo, and Bloomberg has already pushed their story live.
I’ll update when I find out if there will be any sanctions against UPI.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m. Eastern, March 1, 2010: Jann Ingmire, director of media relations for JAMA and the Archives journals, tells me there will be no sanctions against UPI because the agency was apparently unaware that the material was embargoed. Here’s what Jann said happened:
A media relations representative from a major academic medical center pitched one of his experts to comment on the Archives of General Psychiatry study to a freelance UPI reporter. The media relations person did not provide the embargo information to the reporter. Apparently, the reporter has never worked with our journals before so didn’t know we would never release a study on a Friday or that our information would be embargoed until Monday for the Archives journals and Tuesdays for JAMA. To my knowledge, the reporter never contacted us for a copy of the study. If he/she had, they would have been reminded by us that the study was embargoed until Monday afternoon at 3pm central time.
You can be assured that I have followed up with the media relations person who started this chain of events and promises have been made for this to never happen again.
An editor at another media outlet contacted us Friday evening to alert us to the UPI story. When we contacted UPI, the newsdesk editor was very apologetic and pulled the story from the wires, as well as sending a note to their subscribers. Unfortunately, the story had been seen by other media and was already on Google and it’s nearly impossible to get something removed from Google. The JAMA/Archives editors decided we should lift the embargo.
I don’t think it’s fair to sanction UPI since the reporter was apparently unaware that the information was embargoed. UPI was also very responsive and pulled their story when we contacted them Friday night.