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OnyxRain
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Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:02AM
Now that iStock is offering the editorial content, will we be seeing Press Passes for iStock contributors in the future?


 


 

(Edited on 2013-04-21 10:02:31 by OnyxRain)
kelvinjay
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Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:19PM

Posted By OnyxRain:
Now that iStock is offering the editorial content, will we be seeing Press Passes for iStock contributors in the future?


 


 

(Edited on 2013-04-21 10:02:31 by OnyxRain)



If you are a member of the press, then your agency will no doubt supply you with any relevant credentials you may need to cover an event for them. If you don't already have a press pass for an event, it's most likely because you're not a member of the press.

As far as iStock are concerned, as they are not a press agency they do not supply press credentials.
RonBailey
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Posted Fri May 10, 2013 1:34PM
Can you define "press"?If I'm a paid staff photographer for a newspaper am I press?If I'm an unpaid photographer/writer for a small, local, weekly paper am I press?If I'm a blogger am I press?With a lot of news publishers eliminating thier paid photographers and adopting the crowd-sourcing model, how is "press" defined?
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Posted Fri May 10, 2013 10:26PM
Posted By RonBailey:
Can you define "press"?If I'm a paid staff photographer for a newspaper am I press?If I'm an unpaid photographer/writer for a small, local, weekly paper am I press?If I'm a blogger am I press?With a lot of news publishers eliminating thier paid photographers and adopting the crowd-sourcing model, how is "press" defined?


These are rather different questions than the average (like the OP) "Can I get a press pass?" questions.  There are some rather complex considerations, as I'm sure you know. BUT - again for the OP's benefit if nothing else - its worth repeating that there's no such thing as a universal "press pass" that guarantees access to everything (or anything at all).


Media credentials are an  odd thing. Some places do not issue them at all. Credentials issued by media outlets are nothing more than employee ID - they're worthless, basically unless the powers that be at an event or the police or whoever decide to recognize them as valid - and they're under NO OBLIGATION to do so.  


You can be a perfectly valid press photographer in many places (Like here in NYC) without ever having or needing the police issued press credentials. Want/need to cross police lines? Then your employer (and Getty is NOT your employer) will need to help you get those credentials.


Want that "press pass" to shoot private events such as concerts? Well, then your only hope rests with the band/promoter/venue/publicist. Even that NYC officially issued press credential is worthless.


In the end,  if you have a valid reason to have credentials then you'll get them. If you don't then you won't. Seek employment or contacts with people who will give you assignments that will lead you to these events. 
Br_Monico
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Posted Tue May 28, 2013 9:29AM
Posted By RonBailey:
Can you define "press"?If I'm a paid staff photographer for a newspaper am I press?If I'm an unpaid photographer/writer for a small, local, weekly paper am I press?If I'm a blogger am I press?With a lot of news publishers eliminating thier paid photographers and adopting the crowd-sourcing model, how is "press" defined?





Well, you are talking about Being press? Or journalist? 


  Everyone can be a journalist . If you are in a place were is something ,news worthy, happening you can do your own reportage. You can sell it too, and doing this you are doing journalistic work that can be represented by yourself on your blog or by others. This don´t turns you into a journalist with university graduation, and don´t turns you into a representative of press or representative of a press association,  only turns you as a person who likes and does journalistic work. So you can be called freelance journalist but not member of the press.


  If you have or you are member of a press association or press agency probably you get yur press card or press pass but it only turns as a legitime member of a press association, it not turns into a journalist or into someone doing editorial work. You can be a member of a press association only to get discounts and don´t develop any kind of work.


  So...in fact , if you do editorial work, if you publish your work free of interests (can be in your blog or even in FB) , if you present some kind of useful information to public you are someone doing journalistic work and you are realy a journalist. If you are member of a press association you are , in this example, a legitime journalist member and represented by (that press ass.). You have your press card (press pass) and you do journalistic investigation.


All this don´t give free rights to do what ever you want to do.....If IS manage press passes as a news agency does this will still not give access to that places you want. You need to ask permission , you need credentials for specific events. How to ask for these credentials? I will try help you saying what managers need to give you a credential:


- In fact they will ask for your professional wallet ( as journalist) . So here is the first step, you must be a member of the press, legal represented by a recognized association who give you a press number and pres ID . 


- Then you must say for what means you ask permission. For publication you must say were it wll be publish, to sell images for press publications, ok , they will ask some names or links to portfolios .


- After that you can your credential or not. Some events require even more things. To shoot sports in Portugal i have to wear some special cloth ID. To shoot Olympics and importants sports evensts you must (95% certain) be member of AIPS . Even you are member of IAPP this is not enough for these events, you must have the AIPS certification to pass all the Lobby´s you will find. AIPS card can be your professional wallet but is for sports oriented, for concerts and general news service i advice you look for others.


Hope i can help.


PS: i edited this topic just to say an important thing that is missing. You must choose a certifed organization who can represent you in your country but outside too. The organization must be an Independent Press association, a organization that don´t pays you for nothing and that represent you as press member and not as their journalist , or you can see your work limited to partners of that association, you can see your credentials limited by them contracts.

(Edited on 2013-05-28 09:44:14 by Br_Monico)

(Edited on 2013-05-28 09:45:07 by Br_Monico)
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