AUA Summit - Annual Meeting Journalist Guidelines

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Annual Meeting Journalist Guidelines

Press Central

Press registration for #AUA2020 is restricted to credentialed members of the media. All media registering for the meeting agree to abide by the AUA embargo policy for the Annual Meeting.

Credentials are granted to freelance journalists or journalists employed by consumer newspapers/magazines, medical journals, news organizations, online/digital outlets or trade publications attending the meeting for the purpose of editorial coverage who meet certain criteria.

Outlets must:

  • Publish regular, original editorial content
  • Maintain editorial freedom from sponsors, funders and advertisers
  • Have multiple sponsors (no single-sponsor publications)

Benefits for Registered Media

Registration in the AUA Press Suite entitles journalists admission to all no-cost events at the Annual Meeting, including Plenary, poster and podium sessions, the Science & Technology Hall and free educational courses offered by the AUA.

All fee-based events (including paid courses and social activities) must be paid for by the journalist.

Media attending #AUA20 also receive access to embargoed press materials, including press releases, a full working facility and special events, such as press conferences.

Press Suite Hours & Location

The AUA Press Suite can be found in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will be open as follows:

Thursday, May 14

Noon – 5 p.m.

Friday, May 15

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 17

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Media Check-In

Media check-in begins on Thursday, May 14 at Noon. Journalists will not be issued credentials prior to that time. Journalists will need to provide photo I.D. at check-in.

Journalists interested in covering the 2020 AUA Annual Meeting should register in advance by submitting a completed press registration form by May 8, 2020. After May 8, all press must register on-site in the press suite.

Security and Conduct

#AUA20 meeting press badges should be worn and visible at all times. Lost badges should be reported to the Press Suite immediately. The following badge policies will be in effect throughout the meeting:

  • Badges are non-transferable.
  • AUA Annual Meeting badges are the sole property of AUA.
  • False certification of individuals as press and/or paid Annual Meeting attendees, misuse of badges, any method of assisting unauthorized persons to gain access to any Annual Meeting event or any unauthorized or inappropriate conduct will be just cause for repossessing badges of any individual(s) involved and requesting those individual(s) to vacate the Annual Meeting premises immediately.

Embargo Policy

All members of the press, as well as abstract authors, public information officers, public relations firms, organizations, local academic or medical institutions and anyone else with access to abstract or research information, are required to adhere to the AUA's embargo policy. The embargo includes coverage of all research being presented, as well as all abstracts published online at www.AUA2020.org and/or in the 2020 Annual Meeting Abstract book, a supplement to the April issue of The Journal of Urology®.

Filming & Photography

Videotaping and photography is permitted in official AUA press briefings, interview rooms and designated/common areas of the convention center. Videotaping of educational or scientific sessions is not permitted – photographing entire slide presentations is also not permitted.

Due to the experimental nature of some industry presentations, photography and interviews within the Science & Technology Hall (Exhibit Hall) are prohibited without express written permission from the AUA Communications Department, as well as an escort by a Press Suite staff member while on site in the Hall.

The Communications Department will do its best to accommodate those making requests in advance of the meeting and on site. Failure to comply with the restriction will result in the denial of press privileges for the remainder of the meeting as well as future meetings.

Mobile App

Easy to download and free! Visit our Annual Meeting Mobile App page for more information.

Press Conferences

The AUA will hold several press conferences during AUA2020. A schedule of these press events will be available to pre-registered members of the press in mid-April.