Social Media and Photography Guidelines and Best Practices

Modified from the American Geophysical Union’s Guidelines available here


The National Water Quality Monitoring Council welcomes the use of social media and photography during the 12th National Monitoring Conference (NMC). We are asking all meeting participants to follow the social media and photography guidelines outlined below. If unacceptable social media use or photography is reported or identified, the NMC staff and volunteers may take the actions deemed necessary and appropriate (see NMC Code of Conduct).


Social media guidelines and best practices

In particular, we ask social media users to adhere to the following:

  1. Credit (identify) presenters by name.
  2. Use the primary meeting hashtag #nwqmc. Additional meeting related hashtags may include #2021NMC and #Fluid5K.
  3. Treat all participants, attendees, NMC staff, and vendors with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  4. Be respectful and collaborative; communicate openly and with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  5. Honor the preference of any presenter who has included or other social media restrictions in their materials.
  6. Do not post personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, NMC staff, and exhibitors/sponsors.


Photography guidelines and best practices

Photographs and screenshot images taken by individuals for personal use and for social media is permitted with the following guidelines:

  1. Attendees are expected to honor the preference of any presenter who has requested “no photo or screenshots” in their slides or during their presentation.
  2. The presenter must be identified by name when a photograph of the presenter, presenter’s slides, or poster is shared on social media or elsewhere.
  3. Attendees should be respectful and considerate of others. When in person, do not use flash, block attendees view of presenters when capturing photos, or otherwise disrupt presentations.
  4. Do not photograph or capture screenshots of individuals under 18 years of age without explicit verbal or written permission of a parent or guardian. If in doubt, ask.