Embargoes

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I’ve only written one embargoed story.

It was pretty straight forward. We found out about it before everyone else and we had to wait to write about it.

It wasn’t too complicated. With our Saturday paper we can sneak in a couple of stories for the weekend. That was a really easy story to write.

At the Chronicle, we don’t have a lot of embargoed stories.

News embargoes have been around for years and they continue today.

Patience is something most reporters don’t have, yet we still abide by embargoes. It’s pretty funny when you think about it.

I’d really worry about breaking one because of this. That would be the last thing I would want to do.

Breaking someone’s trust is one thing, but breaking that trust in public on a pretty big scare is another thing.

Getting something early is great, but at what cost do we get things. I don’t see how being early is better, if you burn a irreparable bridge.

I’m sure someone has already asked why do we even need them. And, to be honest, I don’t know. It’s in the culture of news and has been for a very long time. I think many organizations are used to it.

Respect is a huge game-player when you are a journalist. Lose it and you have nothing. It’s as simple as that.

I think they will always be a factor in journalism. I haven’t been doing this long, but if they’ve lasted so long, why would they just vanish suddenly.

With news gravitating towards the Internet, I think embargoes could be an even bigger factor with huge announcements and notices.

Say, if a new web site on electronics was about to launch and told one tech writer to wait until the web site was ready. I would think that tech writer would wait to publish the story, right?

They’ll still be first and they’ll be able to feed off each other for future stories, since that “relationship” has already taken its first steps.

It’s a bit more complicated then that, but I think that makes sense.

Jonathan

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