Press Information

News media interested in covering the latest from AAO-HNS/F can find information on embargoes, Annual Meeting press registration and more below. Please direct any interview requests or policy questions to our media and public relations staff at

Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠


The 2016 Annual Meeting and OTO EXPOSM will be held in San Diego, California, September 18-21. The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting Media Policy provides journalists and public relations representatives with rules for covering the Scientific Program. Questions about these policies may be directed to

Social Media
Communicating about the Annual Meeting by way of social media is encouraged within embargo restrictions. The Twitter hashtag for the 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO is #OtoMtg16. Follow @AAOHNS for meeting updates. 

Embargo Policy

The 2016 Official Program Abstracts are published in advance of the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO as a supplement to the September 2016 issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. The program abstracts are published online at

Only abstracts are available in advance of the meeting. Presentation content and author interviews are embargoed until the date and time of presentation at the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO. 

Interested news media may request author interviews in advance of and during the meeting by contacting In-depth content and quotes collected from author interviews are embargoed until the time and date of presentation at the meeting. News media are responsible for verifying those times and publishing appropriately.

Press Registration & Guidelines

For Onsite News Media 
Members of the media who are employed by accredited news organizations attending the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO for the purpose of developing editorial news coverage are eligible for free press registration. To register, members of the media must submit media identification (formal press badge from their organization, official business card, or a letter of assignment).

Members of the media planning to be onsite are encouraged to pre-register online.

Press badges will be available for pick up at Registration. Registrants must pick up their own badges. Those who have not pre-registered online may register in person at the newsrooms onsite.

For Remote News Media
Members of the media who are employed by accredited news organizations and are planning to develop editorial news coverage of the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO off-site should contact to be added to the AAO-HNSF media distribution list and cleared in advance for author interview requests. Media identification will be required.

Press Registration is NOT Extended to:

  • Exhibitor personnel, including advertising, marketing or public relations representatives 
  • Organizations producing continuing education resources

Guidelines for Press

  • All press must agree to honor and observe the Annual Meeting embargo policy.
  • Press registrants may attend Miniseminars, Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations as observers, not participants. Interaction with presenters and/or other attendees is permitted before and after the session. Press registrants may not attend Instruction Courses, which are ticketed hands-on learning sessions for physicians. 
  • Press registrants are required to wear their media credentials at all times while onsite.
  • With prior presenter permission, press registrants may take photos and record audio at a session. 
  • Camera crew members onsite to film b-roll or interviews must also obtain a press badge, and must be escorted by an Academy staff member. 
  • Press registrants will be permitted to photograph and/or record video of the general Exhibit Hall, but must be escorted by an Academy staff member, and must obtain prior permission from exhibiting companies before taking photos or video of (or within) individual booths. 
  • Press should remember that information presented at the Annual Meeting is the responsibility of the presenting authors and should not be reported as representative of the views, policies or positions of the AAO-HNS/F.

Journalists who fail to comply with these guidelines will forfeit their press access to this Annual Meeting and possibly future AAO-HNSF meetings. The Academy reserves the right to deny or terminate press privileges to credentialed media or public relations staff at any time prior to or during the meeting.


The Annual Meeting newsroom is the official site for disseminating news about the meeting and is intended for use by press registrants who are credentialed members of the media. Registered press can use this location to arrange interviews, prepare copy, make telephone calls, and check email between sessions. Computers, internet access, and telephones are provided. AAO-HNS news releases, event notices, and other information about otolaryngology are available in the newsroom. It is managed and staffed by the AAO-HNS Communications Unit.

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 17B

Hours of Operation:
Sunday, September 18: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Monday, September 19: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, September 20: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 21: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Industry & Public Relations Representatives

Access to Press Registration List
The AAO-HNSF will release its press registration list to registered exhibitors only. The list will be available by request starting September 1. Distribution lists of AAO-HNSF press materials will not be released.

Hosting of Onsite Media Event
No outside organizations may host press conferences onsite or in relation to the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO. If an exhibitor has a request to film in the Exhibit Hall for their future promotional purposes, the camera must remain focused on the individual exhibitor’s booth and products. An Academy staff member must be present at the time of filming; contact to make arrangements.

Industry Press Releases
A table outside of the newsroom will be made available for press kits from registered exhibitors.

Journal Embargo Policy

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery employs an embargo system. All articles in the journal are embargoed until they are published, including OnlineFirst publication. OnlineFirst allows forthcoming articles to be published online at before they are scheduled to appear in print. Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery offers OnlineFirst so that content can reach its audience more quickly and research can be utilized sooner. OnlineFirst articles may be cited and may be reported on by the news media.

The volume of OnlineFirst articles that are released each Tuesday varies. News media may be notified of select newly released articles via EurekAlert, Twitter (#OtoJournal) or e-mail.

Not all content is published OnlineFirst. Some articles, such as guideline executive summaries, are released more formally coinciding with monthly online and print publication. Articles not published OnlineFirst are embargoed for release until published, unless otherwise specified. Members of the media are responsible for confirming the embargo day and time, and are subject to penalties for embargo breaks.

Interview requests for journal authors can be directed to  

Press Contact

Tina Maggio
Sr. Manager, Media and Public Relations