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 is the 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo?

From the first call to action advertised in a magazine in 1917 to this year's event in Houston, FNCE® has been held across the United States, from Washington DC to Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2013, FNCE will be held October 19-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is located in downtown Houston at 1001 Avenida de las Americas. Learn more about the venue online at www.houstonconventionctr.com/.

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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. Journalists may also register on-site in the Press Room (320 A-C). All requests for media credentials are subject to Academy approval.

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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 (320 A-C). 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.

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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.

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When will I receive my FNCE® badge?

All badges will need to be picked up on-site at the Press Room (320 A-C) beginning Saturday, October 21 at 9 a.m.

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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 exhibitors.

Press Room
Access to the Press Room (320 A-C) 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. The Press Room is located open during the following hours:

  • Saturday, October 21: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for registration and credential pick-up only
  • Sunday, October 22: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 23: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 24: 7:45 a.m. to noon

Media Briefing
Each year at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, the Academy's Media Briefing offers a venue for sponsors 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 2013 Media Briefing sessions will be held on Sunday, October 22 and Monday, October 23 in room 330 AB. Learn More »

Exhibitor Press Room
Exhibitors are invited to provide press materials including news releases, press kits, books and materials from associated industry representatives, public relations firms, authors or communication companies, which will be available to journalists and members of the media in the Exhibitor Press Room (320 F). The Exhibitor Press Room will be open to the media beginning on October 21 and remain open throughout the event, providing continuous access to exhibitor press materials. Events, private meetings or press conferences may not be held in the Exhibitor Press Room. Learn More »

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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 »

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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 dietitians — 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 media@eatright.org.

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