Friday, October 9, 2009

When News Breaks on Autism, Who Gets It Out First?

When you report about health and science you bump into press embargoes almost every time you turn around. In exchange for advanced notice about some scientific development, reporters agree to hold off writing about the findings until the medical journal, government agency or academic outfit fires a starting gun for everyone.
But the system, which is supposed to lead to better reporting on complicated subjects, is under attack, as some within journalism question the relevance, value and fairness of embargoes in the Internet age.

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