Embargoed bedbug study comes with a bite

Recently, as part of a package of studies sent to reporters in advance of their annual meeting, the American Chemical Society put out an embargoed press release on a study of bedbug genes. The study details how researchers at the University of Kentucky surveyed the entire genomes of 21 different bedbug populations collected from large […]

JAMA editor predicts embargoes will be up for discussion

This is a guest post by AHCJ board member and AP medical writer Carla K. Johnson, who leads AHCJ’s Chicago chapter. Howard Bauchner, M.D., editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association, spoke to about 25 journalists and students at a recent AHCJ Chicago chapter event hosted by JAMA at its Chicago office. “I […]

TV producer makes case for longer embargoes

Bob Ray, a medical producer at WMAQ-Chicago, makes the argument that television journalists need more advanced notice on embargoed stories. Ray, who shared his view in a guest blog posting for Newswise in June, says that cutbacks in television news mean that, at his station, they can only shoot video interviews once or twice a […]

FDA creates embargo policy in response to reporter concerns

The Food and Drug Administration has adopted a policy on embargoes that permits reporters to share embargoed information with outside sources, provided the sources agree to uphold the embargo. The policy explicitly supports embargoes as a way for reporters to add depth and detail to their stories, and conforms to common practice among medical journals […]

AHCJ asks FDA to re-evaluate embargo policy

The Association of Health Care Journalists has sent a letter to FDA officials asking them to re-examine a policy that prohibits reporters from sharing embargoed materials with sources before the embargo lifts for the purpose of obtaining outside comment and context. As AHCJ notes, this highly unusual policy severely limits the ability of reporters to […]

Adding context to embargo-driven journalism

Over at the Nieman Journalism Lab, Matthew Battles latches onto John Rennie’s column about the future of science journalism, then talks to Ed Yong and AHCJ’s own treasurer, Ivan Oransky, M.D., about embargoes, timelines and cutting through the noise. Battles focuses on the effort to pursue context in a profession that is so often at […]

Non-disclosure agreements and embargoes converge

Some people unwind by watching birds. Or bays. Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor of Reuters Health and AHCJ’s treasurer, is different. He watches embargoes (And retractions). And it’s in his capacity as editor of the Embargo Watch blog that Oransky reports on how the press roll-out of the Wal-Mart/Humana drug plan demonstrates a convergence between […]

Oransky: Medical study embargoes serve whom?

Embargoes, a fairly frequent topic of discussion on Covering Health, seem to bring out strong feelings in some people. In one recent example allegedly involving embargoes, TheStreet.com’s Adam Feuerstein attempted to combat a rumor that the New England Journal of Medicine would be publishing an article about the experimental lung cancer drug seliciclib – a […]

Tech journalists question future of embargoes

At last week’s “Embargo 2010: An Industry Conversation on Future Rules of Media Engagement,” tech journalists convened to discuss the viability of embargoes in an increasingly fluid media universe. TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington. Photo by jdlasica via Flickr. Update: Follow the debate as it evolves on Twitter, either on this handy site or […]

AHCJ lodges protest over handling of embargo

The Association of Health Care Journalists has followed up on concerns about how an embargo was handled earlier this month by several federal agencies and a medical journal. The organization sent letters this week to several federal agencies and a medical journal objecting to the uneven handling of embargoed news. The letters were addressed to […]