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When the dust settles

13th April 2006

Now the magazine is out and the website is ready, we can at last stop to think about some of the other issues that we've just parked because we didn't have time to think about them properly.

One of the questions we need to think through is when we actually report on a story. The point of hc2d is not to deliver a live news service - there are plenty of those already - but our job is to get to grips with a story and the reactions in the media. Sometimes it can take a week or so before the dust has really settled on a news item, either because it takes that long for all the journals to digest the issues and prepare commentaries for us to collate - or because a breaking news story might just be the beginning of something you know is going to run for weeks and weeks. At some point, for example, we will need to take stock of all the NHS job losses but I suspect we've got some way to go before the dust settles on that one.

Our problem, of course, is that we also want the website to be reasonably up to date but we are already finding we report too early on many issues. No sooner had we reported on Merck's bid for Schering than Bayer appeared on the scene and snatched the story from under our noses. My suspicion is that you start to develop a sense for these things but again, time will tell...

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Article Information

Title: When the dust settles
Author: Chris May
Article Id: 238
Date Added: 13th Apr 2006

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