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COVER AN AGU MEETING

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

AGU press registration eligibility

Professional journalists representing media organizations, freelance journalists, photo and video journalists, bloggers, podcasters, authors, filmmakers, public information officers, institutional communicators, journalism educators and student journalists who present appropriate credentials will be considered for complimentary press registration.

Review our requirements by media role to see if you are eligible. Press registration is at the discretion of AGU’s Press 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.

Those whose primary purpose is news gathering and dissemination, and who regularly produce images and/or video for recognized news media outlets that distribute information directly to the general public.

Present a press or business card, or webpage of a recognized media outlet stating your name, title and affiliation; a letter from an editor of a recognized news media outlet assigning you to cover the meeting; or a portfolio of work that includes images and video of news reports on Earth and space science.

Creators of long-form stories or compositions about Earth and space sciences, such as books, documentary films or feature magazine articles intended for a general audience. Authors of textbooks or publications of scholarly work are not eligible for press credentials. 

Present evidence of a current project in the Earth and space sciences or a project in Earth and space science intended for a general audience and published in the past year.

Writers at science blogs that have existed for at least one year with a readership of at least 3,000 unique visitors/sessions per month, and regularly produce original news content. Blogs must be hosted by a recognized media outlet, a scientific, educational, or research institution, or a government agency. Blogs should have editorial freedom from clearly identified advertising sponsors. Writers for corporate-owned and personal blogs are ineligible.

Present evidence of three bylined news posts in Earth and space sciences and a screen shot of blog analytics over the past year showing the number of unique visitors or sessions per month. The AGU Press Office may, on a case-by-case basis, weigh a bloggers' social media following to determine eligibility.

Hosts and producers of science podcasts that have existed for at least one year and regularly produce original audio content in Earth and space science. Podcasts must be hosted by a recognized news media outlet, scientific, educational or research institution, or government agency. The AGU press office may grant press credentials to producers of independent podcasts not hosted by a media outlet or scientific institution/society, or those that have been in existence for less than one year, on a case-by-case basis. 

Present a link to the podcast website, screenshot or link to the podcast on a distribution platform such as iTunes, or Google Play, and a webpage or business card clearly showing your name and affiliation to the podcast.

If the podcast is not hosted by a media outlet or scientific institution/society or has been in existence for less than a year, we may ask for additional credentials and weight a podcast's monthly downloads, listener ratings and social media following to determine eligibility.

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.

Science communicators, including writers, videographers, and other content producers, of scientific, research or educational institutions, or government agencies, whose primary role is communicating science to the public. Professionals in government affairs, public policy, marketing and project management do not qualify as institutional science communicators.

Writers must present three bylined, original news or features published in the past year. All others must present a business card or webpage clearly showing job position, a letter from a supervisor describing job duties or a recent sample, such as a video or illustration.

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.

 

Current students in college/university journalism programs attending to produce media coverage for the general public, or journalism faculty attending to facilitate students.

Faculty must present a business card or webpage showing job title, a 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. 

 

Ineligibility

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

Assistant Director, Public Information

202.777.7524 | [email protected]

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Katherine Broendel

Program Manager, Strategic Communications

202.777.7459 | [email protected]

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LIZA LESTER

Senior Specialist, Public Information

202.777.7494 | [email protected]

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LAUREN LIPUMA

Program Manager, Public Information

202.777.7396 | [email protected]

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JOSHUA SPEISER

Manager, Strategic Communications

202.777.7444 | [email protected]