Can bloggers get press passes?

There are several places a blogger can go to get a press pass and write about events that are happening firsthand. For a blogger to get a press pass, they must be a copywriter for a company that gives them one or pay for the privilege of obtaining one. Many state and law enforcement agencies provide people with press passes, but they can be exceptionally difficult to come by, especially since many do not accept that a blogger can also be a professional journalist. Because the right to publish news necessarily depends on the ability to collect information, restrictions on your right to collect news raise First Amendment concerns.

However, some courts have ruled that the media do not have the constitutional right of access to places where the general public is excluded. If a government official denies you access to a public place (such as a city street, public park, county court, or jail), contact a lawyer, you can file a lawsuit against the government. Some government agencies have established procedures for obtaining press credentials (a means of identifying oneself as a journalist). Government agencies are prohibited from arbitrarily deciding whether you are entitled to a press credential and whether they are required to publish the standards used.

The State Department's Press Credential Standards. For example, a federal court found that Consumer Reports was unconstitutionally denied access to the Congressional press gallery due to arbitrary and unnecessary regulations aimed at excluding representatives of publications whose property or ideas they consider objectionable from news sources. Yes. Many states generally require public agency meetings to be open and public.

This includes meetings of county and city agencies, school districts, agency boards, commissions, committees, and the like. In limited circumstances, the agency may hold a closed meeting (e.g. to address certain personnel issues). For more information, see the RCFP compendium of state-by-state open meeting laws.

Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), anyone can seek access to public records held by federal agencies. Members of the media are entitled to a fee waiver. The definition of media has been interpreted broadly, and we believe that a blogger who is collecting news for a public blog should qualify. For more information, see the bloggers' FAQs about the Freedom of Information Act.

Yes, but you may need to get consent from the people you interview. Many states require all parties to consent to record audio. Some states also prohibit hidden cameras. See RCFP's tape-recording laws at a glance.

The privileges granted to press badge holders, and who is eligible to receive them, depend on the nature of the issue. It may be helpful if your DIY press pass has a high-quality photo of you, as well as some indication of your role and organization. bloggers can use press credentials or press access cards, as most journalists can call them from the event organizer, press offices or sponsors by contacting them by email well in advance of the day the event will take place. It's important to note that you don't need a press badge to take pictures or cover events in public places (streets, parks, sidewalks that are not closed to public access).

Some courts may allow media with a court-issued ID or other government-issued press pass to enter the courthouse without being examined (a big help when you're late for court and have plenty of camera bags to go through the X-ray machine). As a freelancer who tries to attend an event speculatively before buying the story or photos from a media outlet, it may still be possible to get a press pass. Popular media in the mid-twentieth century often showed reporters at the crime scene with their press passes tucked into their hat bands, which was unusual in reality. While having a press pass can mean the difference of writing research stories or getting the story firsthand, there is no guarantee that any press pass will lead you to any event or show, it is usually the criterion of the venue or person running the event.

Each type of card grants different authorizations, so it is often necessary or desirable for reporters to have multiple press passes simultaneously. For activities open to the public, such as community meetings, school events or trade shows, a press pass issued by the police or the media may offer little advantage. Agencies that provide press documents usually have a public information officer (PIO) whose job it is to deal with the media. If you are looking for a press pass to cover a specific event, such as a conference or trade show, it is best to contact the event organizer directly.

The NPPA states that there is no universal press pass, but having the NPPA photo ID will identify you as a member in good standing who has agreed to abide by the NPPA Code of Ethics. The organizers of these events often give credentials to members of the working press to make it easier to cover and photograph the event. To obtain a press pass, you will need credentials or records that prove you work for a media outlet. .


Angelina Linnert
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