Re: Public Relations (and telomeres)

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 14 Jan 1998 18:49:15 -0500

Damien Broderick wrote:

> At 11:39 AM 1/14/98 -0500, Brian Atkins wrote:
> >Also we should keep working on our local media to cover these
> >issues better. Here in Atlanta today the local major paper
> >buried the telomerase story way back in D6! Personally I
> >think it should have been front page news (which they did
> >with cloning BTW) and I dropped them a note to say so.
> Here in Melbourne, Australia, it gets a small box this morning at the
> bottom of the front page of The Age, one of the nation's major metropolitan
> newspapers. (The op-ed page has two contrasting pieces on the vileness vs
> the worth of cloning human cells.)
> The telomere story featured on the news of the two non-commercial TV
> channels last night, but in about fourth or five place, following stories
> about drug testing of swimmers, the funeral of a murdered baby, and other
> earth-shaking stuff. Still, this was quite good by usual standards.
> Hi-tech science breakthroughs and space events normally get the closing
> slot, after the weather and financial details, usually with a quizzical
> smile from the announcer (`What *will* those amusing and irrelevant nerds
> get up to next?').
> What did *I* do about it? I e-rushed The Age a 900 word story [freelance
> submission] called `The last mortal generation', culled from material on
> telomeres in THE SPIKE and using the hottest info I could find on the Web
> (and thanks to everyone who posted the news here on this list). It will be
> interesting to see if they run the story tomorrow or Saturday. Go thou and
> do likewise if thou hast the verbal prowess.

Actually, If you could forward the story to the Valley News here at:

I think you probably would produce a much more enjoyable story. I hope you post

   Michael Lorrey
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