APHA Press Credentials Policy

To access the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, members of the press must receive media credentials and register with the APHA Press Office by contacting Media Relations or appearing at the Press Office on site at the start of the meeting.

Who may be eligible to attend as press?

Journalists, Reporters and Newsroom staff

Media credentials to cover APHA meetings may be granted to credentialed journalists or freelancers who attend with the purpose of producing news stories or other editorial content. Representatives from publications and other news media must represent the editorial staff. 

Freelancers

APHA will review all requests for media credentials from freelancers and bloggers, on a case-by-case basis. Freelancers and bloggers should provide information on what coverage they intend to produce, and for which outlets, and may be asked to provide links to previous work. Freelancers writing for personal or lifestyle blogs will not be issued credentials.

Online Media 

Writers for online media outlets may register as press provided that the website provides original, editorial news coverage; editorial content is independent of advertising and sponsorship; advertising on the website is clearly identified as such; and any sponsors of the website are clearly identified as such and are multiple in number, i.e., no single-sponsored websites. Online media wishing to cover the meeting must follow standard journalistic practices. 

Blogs and online sites operated by for-profit companies and brands that produce original editorial content will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Bloggers will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must provide links to their blog and relevant content, as well as what content they plan to produce related to the meeting. Persons representing personal websites, brands, platforms, video channels, social media channels or blogs will not be issued media credentials.

Academic Journal Writers 

Writers and bloggers who intend to produce original editorial content about the APHA Annual Meeting for academic or scientific journals may qualify for media credentials.

Film Crews and Photographers

Media credentials for film crews and photographers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Who is not eligible to attend as press?

Personal Websites and Bloggers

Persons representing personal websites, brands, platforms, video channels, social media channels or blogs will not be issued media credentials.

Public Relations and Communications Staff

Media credentials will not be issued to public relations staff, communications professionals or public information officers.

Social Media Managers and Influencers

Media credentials will not be issued to social media managers or those who plan to talk about the meeting on social media.

Academic Journal Staff 

Staff representing academic or research journals not attending for the purpose of producing original editorial content about the APHA Annual Meeting will not be issued media credentials.

Non-Editorial Staff

Media credentials will not be issued to non-editorial staff from publishing platforms, magazines or online brands. Advertising and marketing representatives of publications and broadcast outlets also do not qualify for media credentials. Companies or organizations producing publications and/or other products intended for marketing, advertising, financial analysis or public relations purposes may not register as media.

Those not issued media credentials must register under another registration type to attend the meeting. APHA reserves the right to review and determine who is, and who is not, eligible for media credentials.

Press lists

Information regarding press registrants is proprietary. APHA does not give, rent or sell current or past media registration lists.

Recording/Livestreaming policy

Only officially contracted APHA vendors and working journalists with APHA-approved press credentials are permitted to record video or audio during the meeting. Credentialed reporters wishing to record any proceedings, including presentations, events or interviews, must be accompanied by APHA Press Office staff or have prior approval from APHA’s Communications and Marketing Department. Individuals recording with personal audio/video equipment such as smartphones, digital cameras, audio recorders or other recording devices without prior permission from APHA or without proper credentials will be asked to cease recording immediately. Livestreaming presentations in scientific sessions or plenary sessions is not permitted, including livestreaming on any social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. No audio or video recording or photography is permitted on the Public Health Expo floor unless approved and accompanied by Press Office staff. Presentations in select sessions will be available through APHA Live via livestream or on-demand.

Those found violating this policy will be asked to leave the session and APHA reserves the right to ban violators from attending future sessions.