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Press cards give journalists access to controlled and respected areas. There are different types of badges for different events. Some organizations do not require an official journalist ID, while others do. Independent journalists and photojournalists can also purchase press passes with proper planning and connections.


Part 1 Get a press pass for special occasions

  1. Find out about the event in advance. Special events include concerts, sporting events, and other circumstances that require an admission ticket. The press card gives you free access to these events and sometimes you can take a look behind the scenes for more extensive coverage. Usually the organizer of these concerts and the person responsible for issuing the press tickets are different people.
    • Search the event and contact the site to determine who is responsible for it.

  2. Prepare your identification documents. To obtain a press pass, you will need identification or registration information that proves that you work for a newspaper organization. Use previous articles or the cover related to the event that interests you. It would be beneficial for organizers to see your work style and demographic profile in relation to the event in question.
    • One of the best ways to prove your affiliation with an information source is to contact them through a professional email address.
    • Add a signature to your professional email address that identifies your role in the company. For example Philipe Bourbon - photographer and copywriter at APS M├ędias.
    • An ID issued by your newspaper or broadcaster can also be useful.

  3. Contact the press office. Try to contact him as soon as possible and let him know who you are and who you work for. As a rule, a press office has a designation, a department for public relations or public relations. You might be able to sell yourself by showing the office why they should be attending an event and how to provide positive coverage.
    • You should provide information about your publications and know who will benefit from the coverage.
    • Write a simple but professional email. You can start like this: "Hello, my name is ... and I am a passionate photojournalist at ... I will get in touch with you to apply for ID for the concert next July."

  4. Be persistent in finding a press pass. For some planned events, tickets will be issued to certified press representatives. In these cases, the issuing authority can be quite strict on identity documents. Insist you are here to cover the event. Try to convince them that giving you a badge would be a good idea.
    • Whoever issues the badges at the event has the list of people who have access to the event.
    • You should apply for an ID as soon as possible!

  5. Get the badge and keep it. Some photographers keep all of the little badges they get for various reasons. Badges are trophies for the journalist and visual proof that he is an accomplished writer. You could have great access to a major event just by using your old badges.

  6. Join an association of journalists. You can join a journalists' union that protects and assists press photographers and freelance journalists in reporting events. Some unions charge you a fee, give you paid work, and make it easy for you to get a press pass.
    • The application process for most journalists' unions is fairly straightforward. They ask you to provide samples and written evidence.

Part 2 Obtaining a government issued press pass

  1. Make sure a government issued press pass is useful. Such a card is only useful when handling events such as crime scenes, exclusive press conferences, or other non-urgent events with police barriers. Government-issued press cards are usually reserved for media representatives. These press passes vary from country to country, depending on authorization and access.
    • If you are given a press pass for a blog in Belgium, it may be different in France.
    • Government press cards expire after a while. Contact your local agency if you're trying to get one.
    • You don't need a press card to interview government or police officers.

  2. Apply for a government press card. Do a quick internet search to find out if the regional or city authorities issue press cards. Some small towns do not have offices to issue press cards. These are usually issued by your local police station. However, this only requires new agencies dealing with criminal investigations or government press conferences.
    • In France, for example, the applicant is required to have practiced the profession consistently and regularly for more than three months and to make most of his resources available to him (over 50%).
    • Most inquiries can be made on the CCIJP (Professional ID Card) website.

  3. Apply for a badge as a freelancer. Even if you are an independent correspondent and work for multiple agencies, you can still get a government badge. Write to your contacts in the various information agencies to ask them for a certificate of employment. Some cities require three different letters. Other authorities in the city are distributing government ID cards to journalists employed by an official media company.
    • Your letters of recommendation must include evidence of the tasks performed on behalf of the newspaper.
    • The rules for independent journalists vary depending on the police station in each city.

  4. Get an ID from your press agency. Many cities do not accept applications and only issue press cards through official news agencies. If you work for a news organization, you should discuss with your manager whether you can get a government-issued press card. We can tell you will receive one if you are charged for an event that requires a card.
    • Your agency will only issue these cards when hosting events that require a government press card.

Part 3 Create a press pass

  1. Understand the mechanism of homemade ID cards. Many photojournalists and journalists create their own press cards using Photoshop or other image editing software. You have received official press passes for several events. However, sometimes you need additional information. For this reason, many journalists create a badge that indicates their role.
    • These identifiers do not guarantee you access to a Jacques Dutronc concert or an interview with Tony Parker. They help to strengthen your local credibility.

  2. Cover. The most common way of displaying a press pass is to use a cord to create a press pass for the passport holder. You can purchase this cable from most office supply stores. You'll also need some sturdy, glossy paper to print your design on. To reproduce the badge, it is best to use image processing software such as Photoshop on a good computer.
    • If you don't have a good picture of yourself, you need someone to help you take a good quality picture.

  3. Create the badge on the computer. Open Photoshop or other image processing software on your computer. Create a new document that is 70 x 35 mm, which is the normal size of ID cards. Decide whether you want to create your badge in portrait or landscape orientation. Paste your photo into the document and crop the image to show your face more clearly.
    • Then you need to add a lowercase e and explain that you are from them Pressthen the name of your partner organization. Write the word MEDIA or PRESS in black or red. You can also indicate whether you are a journalist or a photographer.
    • If your newspaper has a logo, put it in a corner of the press pass or in a watermark.
    • Do this as simply and professionally as possible.

  4. Print your press card. It is best to print on sturdy, glossy paper. Print out the badge and carefully cut out the outline. Print multiple copies on the same page in case you make a mistake.
    • Make sure your printer prints in color before starting the process.

  5. Put the strap on. When you have the final cut of your ID, you are about to quit the job. Place the card in the badge holder. Now you can take to the streets with your press card. You can also include some references from your manager on the back of the card.
    • The information that you can write on the back of the card includes phone numbers, addresses, and other details you may be asked.