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Press

Working Press Registration

The ASCB welcomes all "Working Press" to cover the largest annual meeting of research cell biologists in the world. To preview the meeting for journalists, the ASCB's Public Information Committee (PIC) will publish an embargoed press book, Cell Biology 2013, listing our "Novel & Newsworthy" Top Picks among the thousands of research papers and talks scheduled for presentation in New Orleans. Each year, the PIC's scientist-members "peer screen" more than 1,000 abstracts submitted for possible platform presentation and come up with Top Picks. The Novel & Newsworthy abstracts selected by the PIC are usually the top-breaking news stories at the meeting.

To get early access to Cell Biology 2013, sign up today for Working Press registration. You're under no obligation to show up in New Orleans. Come December, the onsite ASCB Newsroom can help you get your story, whether you're in town or working from afar.

Stuck in your office? Cover breaking stories at the ASCB meeting from your desk. We can help set up interviews with scientific newsmakers at the meeting. Contact John Fleischman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 513-706-0212. Got video conferencing? We can set you up. For details, contact Cathy Yarbrough at 858-243-1814.

Press Registration in New Orleans, LA

Online Working Press registration will close shortly before the meeting. Walk-up Working Press registration, however, will be available in New Orleans at the ASCB Newsroom in Room 238 of the New Orleans Convention Center, beginning at 8:00 am on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Who Is Working Press?

Working Press includes:

  • Reporters
  • Science writers
  • News producers
  • Desk editors
  • Freelance science journalists
  • Public information officers for nonprofit institutions
  • Journalism teachers and students covering the ASCB Annual Meeting
  • Full-time professional editors for scientific journals
  • Science bloggers (will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Note: Academics or researchers who serve as journal editors should also register as regular members of the Society.

Identification Requirements

Working Press at the meeting must have both personal and professional identification. Professional identification might include:

  • A police or other official "press" card
  • A PIO badge or other identification from a nonprofit research institution
  • A media business card, or an assignment letter from an editor or news producer who can be contacted
  • Journalists who are current members of the National Association of Science Writers, International Science Writers Association, or Canadian Science Writers Association may use their membership cards as professional identification

Note: Bloggers must contact John Fleischman in advance of the meeting.

If you have questions about status and/or qualifications, contact John Fleischman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 513-706-0212.

Media Contacts

John Fleischman, ASCB Senior Science Writer
513-929-4635 (Eastern U.S. time)
513-706-0212 (cell)
866-405-2221 (fax)
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Cathy Yarbrough, Annual Meeting Media Manager
858-243-1814 (cell)
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Kevin Wilson, ASCB Director of Public Policy
301-347-9308
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