Press Registration Policies

Members of the press are invited and encouraged to attend all meetings and conferences of the American Society for Microbiology. Press registration is complimentary and includes all privileges of regular meeting registration.


Only working journalists with appropriate press credentials will be allowed to register as media. Any reporter, writer or editor with credentials from a newspaper, magazine, radio or TV station, wire service, syndicate or other news organization may register and receive a press badge. Publishers and representatives of sales, advertising or marketing departments of publications or other news organizations may not register as media. No exceptions will be made.

Appropriate credentials include: A recognized press card, a current membership card from the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), a business card clearly showing media affiliation and position, or a letter on official letterhead from an editor of a publication or a producer of a program certifying that you are covering the conference for their respective organization.

Please note: Freelancers must have a letter from a news organization indicating they have an assignment to cover the meeting. Freelancers who wish to cover the meeting on a speculative basis are asked to write to us on their letterhead requesting accreditation.