• Wed, Mar 14 2007

b5media CEO and White Knight Jeremy Wright Rides to Genetics and Health’s Rescue

white knightAwww. I feel so loved. Jeremy Wright, b5media‘s CEO, rode to my defense regarding the whole AAAS EurekAlert! shambles. Here’s what he posted over at The Panda’s Thumb.

Hey everyone,

I’m the CEO of b5media and, to be honest, I’m more than a little confused by this. All it takes for us to issue bloggers accreditation is that we – are you ready for this? – issue them press badges and register those badges with one of the two dozen journalist associations in north america.

That’s it.

I’m unsure how that protects anyone. We also have strict internal policies on releasing embargoed data (we get it all the time) pre-embargo (though we will go with it if we find it elsewhere, just like any other news organization).

I’d be more than happy to chat with the folk at the AAAS or other organizations about this to explain just how bloggers such as Hsien are just as much journalists, reporters and freelancers, if not more so, than hundreds of the “press” that are approved by the AAAS.

Also, more than happy to chat with the science blogging community about ways we can, together, work to get more recognition and trust and so forth – and anything that b5 can do to help that along.

For the record, I think this sucks and that simply communicating effectively (ie: asking questions about editorial guidelines and so forth instead of simply assuming all blogs are evil) could have gone a long way to ensuring this situation didn’t in any way get out of hand.

If anyone has any suggestions for me and b5media on how science blogging can gain legitimacy, please let me know in the comments or by email!

And not to be ungrateful or anything, but why didn’t Jeremy come post a comment here? And why didn’t AAAS Director of Public Programs Ginger Pinholster come by to copy and paste the comment she’s left on The Panda’s Thumb and A Blog Around the Clock? I just can’t win for losing.

NB: OK. I should get over it but I just can’t. Not like they’re going to welcome me into the club now anyway. Might as well go for broke! (Two idioms for the price of one.)

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  • http://www.alzheimersnotes.com Mary Emma

    Hi Hsien,
    It’s up to bloggers at b5 to educate the world that not all bloggers blog to blog, gripe, or simply see their words in print. Blogging has come a long way from its early days, but not everyone realizes there are bloggers who take pride in their research, reporting, and writing and accuracy in these areas.
    We’re pioneers in a new era, Hsien. And you’re making great strides.

  • http://geneticsandhealth.com Hsien Hsien Lei, PhD

    Mary Emma: Thank you for the kind comment. It sure is hard being the leader in a revolution. ;)

  • http://www.cirquelodge.com Mr. Rehab

    Well, I don’t know about them badges, I mean, Anyone can forge a badge if the try hard enough. I think it’s more an attitude issue of the bloggers themselves to strive to prove themselves as true online journalists.