American Geophysical Union
2014 Fall Meeting
Media Advisory 3

AGU Fall Meeting: Virtual Press Room and PIO Uploader – Now Live!

Moscone Center
San Francisco, California
15-19 December 2014

Included in this advisory:

  1. Virtual Press Room and PIO Uploader – Now live!
  2. Fall Meeting Virtual Options
  3. Preliminary press conference topics
  4. Fall Meeting events
  5. Journalism awards reception
  6. First-timers breakfast
  7. Mass Media Fellows breakfast
  8. Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) holiday dinner registration
  9. Press registration information
  10. Who’s Coming

Please visit the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting Media Center for previous media advisories that include important information about visas for international reporters and searching the scientific program.

1. Virtual Press Room and PIO Uploader – Now live!
During the Fall Meeting, journalists can find press releases and many resources online in the Virtual Press Room in the Media Center on the Fall Meeting website. Public information officers (PIOs) can now post releases and other materials on the site.

For public information officers: Sign up now for a login for the PIO Uploader. PIOs with a login can add press releases, tip sheets and press conference materials to the Virtual Press Room at any time before or during the meeting, including uploading items in advance and scheduling them to post during the meeting. To register for a login, go to the Media Center on the Fall Meeting website and click on the “For PIOs” tab. Only registered PIOs will be allowed to upload content.

For journalists: Press releases, press conference materials (including PowerPoint presentations, images, videos, scientific papers, and more, as available), and video recordings of press conferences are added to the Virtual Press Room during the meeting for easy online access.

2. Fall Meeting Virtual Options
Fall Meeting Virtual Options will provide online access to live streaming and video on-demand (recorded content) from the meeting, including named lectures and some oral sessions. To see a listing of Virtual Options sessions by day, go to the Scientific Program and click on “Virtual Options” in the left-hand menu. E-posters (electronic versions of Fall Meeting posters) will also be available online.

Registration for access to Fall Meeting Virtual Options is required, but free for members of the press. More details about Fall Meeting Virtual Options and how to register will follow in a later advisory.

3. Preliminary press conference topics
The AGU Public Information office is planning a number of press conferences to highlight newsworthy presentations at the 2014 Fall Meeting. So far, we expect briefings on the changing Arctic, MAVEN and other Mars exploration, the Rosetta mission, California drought, lightning and thunderstorms, and tsunamis. This list will grow and is subject to change.

The full list of press conferences, including dates, times, summaries and lists of participants, will appear in a future advisory. All press conferences will take place in the Press Conference Room: Moscone West, Room 3000. Information about press conference webstreaming will follow in a future advisory.

4. Fall Meeting events
In addition to the scientific program, AGU is also offering other events and activities of interest to the press including a Bloggers Forum, a Social Media Forum (co-sponsored by AGU and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW)), a panel for scientists and journalists on How to Communicate Opinion Forum (also AGU-NASW co-sponsored), and more. See events highlighted for the press here, or search all Fall Meeting events in the Events Calendar.

5. Journalism awards reception
We invite you to join your Press Room colleagues at an informal reception to honor AGU’s most recent journalism award winners. We will celebrate the outstanding reporting and writing of 2014 David Perlman Award winner Andrew Grant and 2014 Walter Sullivan Award winner Elizabeth Kolbert. (Kolbert likely will not be present to accept her award.)

The reception will take place in the Press Room (Moscone West, Room 3001A) from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 18.

6. First-timers breakfast
Attending your first AGU Fall Meeting and don’t know where to start? Whether you’re covering a scientific meeting for the first time or just haven’t been to the Fall Meeting before, veteran reporters and public information officers will let you in on their secrets for navigating the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists during breakfast 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 in the Press Room (Moscone West, Room 3001A).

7. Mass Media Fellows breakfast
Are you an alum of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program? Whether you were sponsored by AGU or by another organization, please join us for an informal breakfast in the Press Room from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 17. Share what you’ve been up to since your fellowship and network with other former fellows. All alumni are welcome to attend, even those without press badges.

8. Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) holiday dinner registration
[The following notice is provided on behalf of the Northern California Science Writers Association about their holiday dinner.]

NCSWA HOLIDAY DINNER DEC. 17: THE SCIENCE OF BOOZE

The Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) invites AGU press to attend its festive annual holiday dinner, always held in conjunction with AGU. This year, we’ll hear from WIRED senior editor Adam Rogers, who will discuss his recent bestseller Proof: The Science of Booze. A New York Times review called the book a “lively new survey” of the connection between science and alcohol, delving into everything from the basics of yeast fermentation and brewing to the genetics of alcohol tolerance. Rogers traveled to breweries and labs around the world for his reporting, which he’ll describe at the dinner. Join scores of Bay Area writing colleagues for mingling and possible surprises.

Details:
6 pm Wednesday, December 17
New Delhi Restaurant, 160 Ellis St. (within walking distance of Moscone Center)
Cost for non-NCSWA members: $45
Please *register online* as the event may sell out: http://www.ncswa.org.

9. Press registration information
Online press registration for the Fall Meeting is now open. Please pre-register to expedite the on-site badge pick-up process.

Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room and the press conference room. For eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.

Eligible members of the press may also register on-site at the meeting. The on-site registration location, badge pick-up location, and Press Room, Press Conference Room, and Quiet Rooms locations will be included in a future advisory.

10. Who’s Coming
Check here for an online Who’s Coming list of journalists and press officers who have preregistered for the meeting. This list gets updated regularly.

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