Saturday, June 28, 2008

Meager Coverage of CIRM Meeting

News coverage appeared light this morning of the two-day meeting of the California stem cell agency and its approval of $24 million in research grants.

We detected only four stories, two in daily newspapers and two in business journals. All were written by reporters who did not attend the meeting Thursday and Friday in Burlingame, Ca., which is located souith of San Francisco.

Given the largely routine nature of meeting, the scope of the coverage was not surprising. Mainstream media are also facing an economic squeeze that has resulted in coverage cutbacks.

Terri Somers
of the San Diego Union-Tribune had the lengthiest piece, which focused on the $5 million in grants to enterprises in her area in Southern California. She wrote that Novocell of San Diego was the first company to receive research funds from CIRM.

Steve Johnson
had a brief piece in the San Jose Mercury News that said that slightly more than half the grants went to San Francisco Bay area institutions.

The other stories appeared in the East Bay Business Times (San Francisco Bay area publication) and the San Diego Business Journal.

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