Frequently Asked Questions for the Media

Journalists who attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo have access to more than 10,000 registered dietitians, including the Academy's media spokespeople, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health-care providers and industry leaders. Learn more about the conference and expo with these frequently asked questions for the media.

When and where was the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo?

From the first call to action advertised in a magazine in 1917 to this year's event in Atlanta, FNCE® has been held across the United States, from Washington DC to Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2014, FNCE® was held October 18-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Learn more about the venue online at


When and where can the media register for FNCE®?

Members of the press may request media credentials, complimentary registration and access to the on-site Press Room online beginning on June 16. Journalists may also register on-site in the Press Room. All requests for media credentials must meet the Academy Guidelines and are subject to Academy approval. Register Now »


What do I need in order to qualify for media registration?

Media credentials are reserved for working members of the media who are employed by established news organizations. Journalists must provide appropriate documentation upon arrival at the Press Room (B306). The Academy reserves the right to request this documentation be provided in advance of the conference. Some individuals (including blog writers, freelance writers who are not on a specific assignment, non-editorial personnel from media organizations, and representatives from marketing, advertising and PR organizations) may not be eligible for media credentials and will not have access to the Press Room. They must register through Academy Meeting Services and pay the conference registration fee. Review the Press Room Guidelines for a complete list of requirements and criteria.


What are valid types of credentials to qualify for media registration rates?

The documentation required to obtain media access varies based on the role of the journalist. In general, a business card from an established publication or news organization that contains your title will be sufficient. Freelance writers on assignment must provide additional documentation, including an original dated letter from an editor that specifies an assignment to cover a food and nutrition topic and how attendance at FNCE® will benefit this story. Review the Press Room Guidelines for a complete list of required documentation.


When will I receive my FNCE badge?

All badges will need to be picked up on-site at the Press Room beginning the Saturday of FNCE®.


What services are provided to the media? Is there a press room?

The Academy provides a number of services to the media, including a private work-area reserved for media professionals, access to exclusive media briefing sessions and events, and access to press materials provided by the Academy and exhibitors.

Press Room

Access to the Press Room is reserved for working members of the media who are employed by established news organizations and who have received FNCE® media credentials. Facilities include a media-only work area and PCs with Internet access. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building. Photocopying and shipping services are available through the convention center's business center. Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo press kits, programs, Academy press releases, samples of Academy publications, media guides and other Academy materials will also be available in the Press Room.

Media Briefing

Each year at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, the Academy's Media Briefings offer a venue for sponsors to update the media on initiatives, research and programs that share in the Academy's vision of optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. The 2014 Media Briefing sessions were held on Sunday, October 19 and Monday, October 20. Learn More »

Online Exhibitor Press Room

New to FNCE® 2014, exhibitors were invited to provide press and promotional materials to the FNCE® online exhibitor press room.


Can the media attend conference sessions?

Media registration includes complimentary registration to the conference, which features more than 100 research and educational presentations, lectures, debates, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations. Please note all sessions are filled on a first come first serve basis, and media credentials do not guarantee admittance. View Session Information »


Who can I contact for interviews and other related information?

Registered media looking to interview speakers should contact them directly through the Speaker Ready Room.

The Academy's Public Relations Team is available to assist journalists looking to speak directly with the Academy's network of media spokespeople — expert registered dietitian nutritionists — who are available for print and broadcast interviews throughout the conference.

For more information or to schedule an interview with a spokesperson during FNCE®, call 800/877-1600, ext. 4769, or e-mail



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