How to demonstrate you’re not about transparency — and piss off reporters — as a PIO (via Embargo Watch)

You just have to read this piece. It’s ostensibly about the role of the dreaded “Press Information Officer” in enforcing embargoes on journalists, using the example given by Mr Aeron Haworth of the University of Manchester. Against his better judgement, Mr Haworth himself starts commenting on the article and digs a deeper and deeper hole.

I suspect this particular Officer is about to be demoted to the ranks, as Mr Haworth’s conduct could be of the type prefaced by mis-.

How to demonstrate you're not about transparency -- and piss off reporters -- as a PIO Ed Yong just wanted to look at the data. This past weekend, he found an intriguing embargoed press release about mummy toes and prosthetics, and realized that the "study" to which the release referred was actually just a Perspective in The Lancet. When he emailed the press officer who'd written the release, he learned that the actual data w … Read More

via Embargo Watch

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