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AGU meetings and the press

The AGU Press Office provides complimentary press registration to working members of the press for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce media coverage of AGU meetings. 

Press registrants at our meetings receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room, and the press conference room. Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press badge holders.

All press room badges are issued at the discretion of the AGU Press Office. Press room badges are non-transferable. All registrants must provide credentials regardless of whether they have attended past AGU meetings. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact the AGU Press Office

NOTE: Audio recording and video recording are not allowed in scientific sessions or in poster halls. Photography is allowed throughout the meeting, however, please see AGU's social media and photography policy for more information. 

AGU meetings and press


Individuals applying for press registration must present appropriate credentials and be approved by the AGU media relations office. Please provide enough information in the registration form to allow AGU media relations staff to quickly identify you as a staff journalist, freelancer who regularly covers Earth and space science, or public information officer. Webpages and social media platforms that do not include a byline are not sufficient credentials.

Check the drop-down menus for examples of acceptable credentials. 

Media registration is granted at the discretion of AGU’s Media Relations Office.

Staff journalists who report, edit or produce news on the sciences and are employed by recognized news media outlets (newspaper, wire service, magazine, broadcast or online) that distribute news to the general public. Media outlets associated with advocacy organizations must be editorially independent of the advocacy organization.

Present a press or business card, or webpage of your media outlet stating your name, title and affiliation; or a letter from an editor of a recognized news media outlet assigning you to cover the meeting.

Those who regularly report or produce news on the Earth and space sciences for a recognized news media outlet that engages in reporting and distributing news to the general public.

Present three bylined news reports on the Earth and space sciences intended for the general public and published in the past year.

Public information and press officers of recognized scientific, educational and research institutions, government agencies whose primary role focuses on communicating science with the press or public and are attending the meeting to facilitate interaction between scientists and journalists. Professionals in government affairs, public policy, marketing and project management do not qualify as public information or press officers.

Present a business card or webpage clearly showing job position, a letter from a supervisor describing job duties or a recent sample of material distributed to the press.

Current students in college/university journalism programs attending the meeting to produce media coverage of it for the general public, or faculty of a college/ university journalism program who are attending the meeting to facilitate student coverage of the meeting for the general public.

Students must present evidence of current enrollment in a college/university journalism program and a letter from a supervisor assigning coverage of the meeting and stating where the coverage will appear. Faculty must present a business card or webpage clearly showing their job position, plus a written statement of their role at the meeting, which students they will supervise and where coverage will appear.


Anyone who presents at the meeting is expected to register for the meeting as a participant and pay the registration fee for the day, or days, of their presentation. Working press registrants who are also presenting at the meeting may qualify for a waiver. Press registrants should contact the AGU Press Office before registering as a meeting participant.

Scientists presenting at the meeting and also reporting from the meeting for a recognized media outlet may be issued press credentials at the discretion of the AGU Press Office. 


Who is ineligible

Editors of scientific journals, educators, researchers in science communication, professionals in government affairs, public policy, marketing and project management, and representatives of publishing houses, the business side of news media, political action committees or similar, and for-profit corporations, will not be accredited as press and must register as regular attendees.

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AGU Media Contacts

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Nanci Bompey

Director, Media Relations

202.777.7524 | [email protected]

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Katherine Broendel

Program Manager, Strategic Communications

202.777.7459 | [email protected]

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Senior Specialist, Public Information

202.777.7494 | [email protected]

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Program Manager, Public Information

202.777.7396 | [email protected]