ASP Policy on Media Reporting at Annual Meetings

The American Society of Primatologists (ASP) encourages news coverage of its annual meetings by accredited journalists representing media organizations, bloggers, and freelance journalists who work for print, radio, television, or online media outlets covering primatology-related topics, hereafter collectively called “members of the press.” Press badges are available for qualified members of the press pending approval, described in the process below.

Members of the press will be divided into two categories depending on level of access requested:

Members of the press should submit the following to the Chair of the ASP Media and Public Engagement Committee ( and the ASP President ( for review at least 7 days ahead of the meeting (at this time it is not possible to register on-site):

Acceptable press credentials for Members of the Press:

Publishers of books and magazines, and representatives of sales, advertising or marketing departments of publications and broadcast outlets, are considered vendors and are not permitted to attend as members of the press.

Vetting: Applicants will receive an email confirmation when all materials are submitted. Reviewing applications for members of the press will take up to 14 days. Members of the press should contact the Media and Public Engagement Chair ( if a response is not received.

Approved registered members of the press must always wear and have the ASP’s press badge visible while on-site at the annual meeting, including the designated conference area and whenever knowingly interacting with ASP members on the property and off-site. Those granted press badges must agree to ASP policies in writing when they submit the ASP Press Badge application form. A copy of the badge approval form will be kept with the Chair of the Media and Public Engagement Committee. Press badges are non-transferable.

All scientific poster and oral sessions and special talks at the annual meeting are open to the press. The opening reception and closing banquet are not open to members of the press with limited (i.e., one day) access.

Violation of ASP Policies by Members of the Press:

The safety of ASP attendees, members of the press, and conference personnel is the highest priority, and members of the press must follow instructions from ASP Executive Committee members (which includes board and all committee chairs), the ASP Meeting Coordinator, Virtual ASP Coordinator, and presentation session moderators when directed by them. Failure to do so may result in suspension or permanent revocation of ASP media badges.

ASP also reserves the right to revoke the press credentials of any member of the press who violates other ASP policies, including our Code of Conduct Policy. Revocable behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Photography, Audio Recordings, and Videography:

Members of the press may take photos or videos or make audio recordings with prior signed and written permission of those who will be identifiable in the photo, audio recording, or video. Photography, audiography, or videography of a poster or oral presentation or any speaker requires prior signed and written permission from the presenter. Photography, audiography, or videography in the exhibitors’ room is also permitted provided the exhibiting companies or people who will be in the photo, audio recording, or video give their prior permission in writing. Live broadcasts or online streaming of a presentation or session is not permitted.

Press Embargo Policy:

Research presented at ASP meetings is embargoed until the time that the poster or talk is presented. Information and data from any poster or oral presentation may not be announced, publicized, or distributed before then, including still or moving images of figures, slides, posters, or other related materials before the presentation. If presenters use the “do not tweet” badge during their presentation or indicate that presentation information may not be shared, members of the press must honor all requests to not discuss or write about their work in any way.

Please see ASP’s Intellectual Property and Social Media Policy for ASP meetings here.


Information regarding media registrants is proprietary. ASP does not give, rent, or sell current or past information on ASP media registration lists to members of the press, including but not limited, to names and contact information.

Any issues not covered in this document are at the sole discretion of the ASP Board of Directors.

Upon receiving a registered press badge, members of the press are pledging their diligence to act responsible and adhere to ASP’s mission, values, and guiding principles. ASP welcomes your interest in reporting and working with primatologists. The society thanks you for sharing primatological work with the public, given the value and importance of primatological research for conservation, animal welfare, and beyond. More information about ASP’s research with nonhuman primates can be found here.

Click here to download the ASP Policy on Media Reporting at Annual Meetings and ASP Press Badge Application Form.

These guidelines were prepared by the ASP Board of Directors with input from the Media and Public Engagement Committee. Approved by the ASP Board of Directors in June 2024.