NOTE TO READERS: When this project lost substantial funding at the end of 2018, I lost the ability to continue publishing criteria-driven news story reviews and PR news release reviews - once the bread-and-butter of the site going back to 2006. The 3,200 archived reviews, while still educational, are getting old and difficult for me to technically maintain on the back end of the website. So I am announcing that I plan to remove these reviews from the site by April 1, 2021. The blog and the toolkit - two of the most popular features on the site - will remain. If you wish to peruse the reviews before they disappear, please do so by the end of March 2021. After that date you may still be able to access them via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine - https://archive.org/web/.

A role model for Public Information Officers: best wishes, Earle Holland

Posted By

Tags

We often write about bad news releases and weak science overpromoted by academic medical centers and the like.

And then there’s the work of Earle Holland.

Or rather, there was the work of Earle Holland for 33 years at Ohio State University.

He’s leaving April 6, after being told that “that leadership wanted to take the funds supporting my salary and apply it to other communications initiatives, although I have no idea what those might be.”

Earle wrote to science writer colleagues:

“Yes, this was a surprise, a shock, completely unexpected, although somewhat understandable from one perspective. Institutions across the country continue to shift more towards an emphasis on branding and marketing with a focus on the brevity of the social media. My often-obstinate stance in support of strong journalistic reporting and the quality and depth of content tends to conflict with those who wish to emphasize only message points and slogans. While there is certainly a place in the world for persuasive communications, I’ve always thought that it was a questionable approach for public institutions telling the research story. The fact that I could maintain that stance for this long is admittedly remarkable.
In the 33 years at OSU, I have reported on the great work of hundreds of geniuses, taught science reporting to students for 22 years, had weekly science columns in both the Columbus Dispatch and the New York Times Syndicate for a combined two decades, won 49 CASE awards for both newswriting and periodical writing, written book chapters, managed dozens of research-related crises, served on several important national boards and committees, and been called friend by outstanding scientists and science writers alike from across the country. Most importantly, I’ve been privileged to mentor some wonderful young writers who have gone on to make a name for themselves.”

Thanks to Charlie Petit of the Knight Science Journalism Tracker for alerting us to this news.

 

You might also like

Comments

Please note, comments are no longer published through this website. All previously made comments are still archived and available for viewing through select posts.

Comments are closed.