There´s no way around it: If you are working as a professional journalist, you need a press pass. It doesn´t matter if you are a full-time staff reporter or a part-time freelancer. Whether you are doing research or trying to gain access to restricted areas or special events, a press pass is your ticket to journalistic success. It establishes your right to gather information and can be useful when you are traveling on international assignments. Journalists around the globe join press associations to get this coveted credential. Without a press pass, doing your job would be much harder: agencies, news organizations and event organizers would have to devote time and effort to verify a person´s journalistic background on a case-by-case basis.
A press pass proves that a person is really a journalist
A press pass helps journalists do their job
A standard for the profession
Beware of fraudulent offers
Do your due diligence
Frivolous press pass providers can often be identified by their unprofessional websites. Some may also try to get you to publish your articles and photos on equally unprofessional online platforms.
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