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Canadian Science Writers’ Association meeting takes on embargoes

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I had the pleasure of being on a panel on embargoes yesterday at the Canadian Science Writers’ Association (CSWA) meeting in Ottawa.  I was joined by Canadian Medical Association Journal senior communications strategist Kim Barnhardt and Canwest national affairs correspondent David Akin.

I thought it was a good mix of perspectives. Kim, for example, said that embargoes give reporters time to develop stories, and that breaks are a real hassle. David suggested that while embargoes can be useful to journalists, reporters should keep in mind who’s benefiting from them — those providing the information, investors, and others.

For me, it was a great opportunity to review the first three and a half months of Embargo Watch. Below is my presentation, which focused on unusual embargo policies, short embargoes, and what defined the 21 breaks I’ve seen since late February. We didn’t have much time for questions, so I hope CSWAers and others will pick up the conversation here.

Thanks to CSWA and Pippa Wysong for the kind invitation to be on the panel, and to Nancy Lapid for help with the slides.


Written by Ivan Oransky

June 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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