Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Did New York Times break Lasker embargo with AP story?

leave a comment »

The Lasker Awards announcement went out early this morning, as many news outlets ran their stories timed to the 12:01 a.m. embargo on the $250,000 award that is often looked to as a clue to future Nobel Prize winners. This year’s award went to Genentech’s Napoleone Ferrara for his work on the eye disease macular degeneration; Douglas Coleman, of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Jeffrey Friedman, of Rockefeller University, for their work on leptin, a hormone linked to appetite; and Oxford’s David Weatherall, for his work on the blood disorder thalassemia and other subjects.

But as a few Embargo Watch readers pointed out, the New York Times ran an Associated Press story on the awards a few hours before midnight. That item, which seems to have been an embargo break, was followed almost immediately by a release from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where Friedman is an investigator.

I’ve contacted the PR firm that handled media relations for the Lasker Foundation, and will update if I hear back.


Written by Ivan Oransky

September 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: