COVID-19 and NYC23

College Media Association is excited to get back together in person for the Spring National College Media Convention! We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as the event approaches. The safety of attendees and speakers is of utmost importance. We will follow current federal, state and local guidelines, as well as follow the Marriott Marquis policies.

We will continue to adjust our approach as March nears. At present, our event will require proof of vaccination. Although NYC has repealed the vaccine mandate for certain businesses, we will continue to require proof of vaccination to be able to attend. As of now, the process is that you will need to show your proof of vaccination to event staff. You will not be able to finish event registration or attend the event without the proof of vaccination.

Proof of vaccination (with a valid form of identification) means proof of receipt of at least two vaccine doses, (except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or licensed for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization. Such proof may be established by:

– A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state or country where the vaccine was administered or a digital or physical photo of such a card or record, reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand and date administered; or

– A New York City COVID Safe Pass (available to download on Apple and Android smartphone devices)

– A New York State Excelsior Pass

– Official Vaccine Record

If no proof of vaccination is provided, attendance will be refused, and no refund will be provided. You can replace an attendee with someone else from your school at any time. Hotel reservations must be canceled within 72 hours of your room reservation.

We will continue to monitor the guidelines around mask wearing. At present, New York City does not require masks in indoor spaces. At NYC23, we will encourage but not mandate masks. Please note, public transportation (including taxis) in New York City still require masks, and many restaurants and businesses still require masks for entry, so you should plan to have your mask with you at all times.

Immediately prior to the convention, if you have been exposed to COVID-19, if you are in COVID-19-related isolation, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel to the convention. Please take care of yourself and get the medical attention that you need, for your safety and the safety of others. Again, you can swap attendees from your school at any time, but no refunds will be given. 

If you have questions about the COVID-19 safety protocols at the convention, please contact