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Information for Press


Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan

Press Visits

Requests from members of the press to visit any part of the Lab should be directed to the Lab's Communications group at press@media.mit.edu.

Requests for photo or video shoots throughout the Lab should also be directed to press@media.mit.edu.

Filming at MIT is by permission only. Filming at the Media Lab can take place during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, with advance clearance from the Media Lab's communications office. Signed MIT release forms and insurance verification are typically required before filming begins. MIT and Media Lab researchers are only authorized to sign MIT filming release forms, not the individual forms of production companies, networks, or organizations.

To ensure that press visits are minimally disruptive to the other researchers, a member of the Communications group will typically accompany interviewers to their destination in the Lab. In the case of photo shoots, a staff member will escort the crew throughout the visit; this helps to protect the intellectual property of the other research groups within the Lab, as well as minimize disruption.

Covid-19 Protocols


In accordance with updated guidance for campus access during the fall of 2021, which may be subject to change, MIT community members are permitted to participate in interviews related to their research and other MIT work with outside media on campus, both indoors and outdoors.

Per the latest update on August 30, regardless of vaccination status, well-fitted face coverings remain required in all MIT buildings except when an individual is eating, drinking, alone in a fully enclosed space, or if they are the only person speaking in a group setting. If only one person is being interviewed, they may remove their mask during filming, provided the rest of the group remains masked. If multiple people are being filmed at once, they must all remain masked, even on camera. Changes to this policy will be posted to this page as they become available.

While they are inside campus buildings, all crews must be escorted by a member of the MIT community who is actively enrolled in Covid Pass. In approving any shoots, the MIT community member being interviewed should understand that they are responsible for ensuring that the visit adheres to our guidelines and that crews leave the buildings after the interview.

These requirements are in addition to the normal requirements for press visits detailed above; please continue to direct all requests for press visits and photo or video shoots to press@media.mit.edu.

Obtaining Images

All requests for slides, digital photos, or videos should be directed to press@media.mit.edu.


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