Malapa embargo story

Ivan Oransky writes “Embargo Watch”, which reports on issues related to journal embargoes and science reporting. His story about the Malapa embargo “break” last weekend is fascinating: “Now it can be told: My take on the Science hominin ‘missing link’ study embargo.”

It’s an interesting look inside the world of science journalism, and the comments include replies from the press office at Science and some of the journalists involved in breaking the story. By their account, the initial stories this weekend were a result of old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting, finding scientists outside the research team willing to comment on what they knew. In this way, the Sunday Telegraph could run with the story before Science had even released its press kit.