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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 Experience


The 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 7-10. 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 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is #OTOMTG18. Follow @AAOHNS for meeting updates. 

Embargo Policy

The 2017 Official Program Abstracts are published in advance of the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience as a supplement to the September 2017 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 Experience. 

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 Experience 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 Experience 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:

  • Exhibitors or the exhibitor’s media/PR staff
  • Advertising, marketing, or publishing staff 
  • Administrative personnel 
  • Organizations that primarily produce live, audio, or audiovisual continuing education resources. 
  • Non-news editorial staff of publications 
  • Outside public relations representatives

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 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.

Outside Public Relations Representatives 

Representatives of public relations/communication and pharmaceutical organizations are not allowed in the newsroom and do not have access to news conferences or other newsroom materials. Any individual with a press badge who sells, markets, or represents a company for the purpose of obtaining advertising or subscriptions from any registrant or exhibitor will immediately forfeit press credentials for this and subsequent meetings. A table outside of the newsroom will be made available for vendors/exhibitors press materials*. It is the individual vendor/exhibitor’s responsibility to monitor and replenish their own press materials.

*Unless otherwise established.


The Annual Meeting newsroom is the official site for disseminating news about the meeting. The newsroom functions as a media briefing room and workspace for credentialed members of the media. It is managed and staffed by the AAO-HNS/F Communications Unit. The newsroom offers Annual Meeting media registrants a quiet and convenient location to arrange interviews, prepare copy, make telephone calls, and check email between educational programming. AAO-HNS/F news releases, Meeting Daily’s, copies of meeting papers and research, event notices, meeting highlights, and other information about the otolaryngology specialty are available in the newsroom.


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Lakeside Level 2, E265

Hours of Operation:

Sunday, September 10: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, September 11: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, September 12: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 13: 7:00 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 Experience. 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