Good bye, everyone. I’m outta here. It appears that all my work here at Genetics and Health is pointless and of no value whatsoever. Never mind that I produce original content day in and day out. Never mind that others believe in the value of my work. Never mind that Genetics and Health is a part of b5media, a global new media company. None of that impresses EurekAlert! to whom I applied for access to embargoed press releases.
When I was first told that my application did not qualify, I thought perhaps EurekAlert! did not know enough about my work. So I sent them this email:
Thank you for your email. Could you tell me what documentation I can provide in order to gain access to embargoed news through EurekAlert!?
Would it help if I had my company’s Vice President of Operations vouch for me? I work for b5media, a global new media company and am the editor of the Science and Health Channel. My GeneticsAndHealth.com site is one of the leading genetics blogs online and I have been recognized by Forbes, Fox News, and Nature Genetics Reviews among other mainstream media publications.
Thank you for your consideration,
And this was the reply I received:
I appreciate your email, Hsien, but unfortunately, the decision must stand. Our eligibility criterion does not include writing blogs of any kind. Feel free to re-register in the future, should your writing outlets expand.
Major diss. Maybe it’s a sign that it’s time for me to get a “proper job.” Someone please validate me (and the hundreds and thousands of other science bloggers out there)!!
Update: Thank you to Steve at FreshYields, Bora at A Blog Around the Clock, Tris of Homely Scientist, Alun at Archaeoastronomy, and Reed at The Panda’s Thumb for your support. Reed’s also calling for all science bloggers to apply to EurekAlert! for access to journalist access. And no thank you to to Emma for the extra splash of diss juice.