How to Get a Press Pass

I am frequently asked how freelancers get a press pass, so I reached out to the committee to get their input. Here is their feedback:

Eric Francis: “I’m an individual member of the Arkansas Press Association and they send me an membership card every year. That’s as close to a press pass or press ID that I have. If I’m on an assignment and have to gain entry to an event or activity that isn’t open to the public (and, for that matter, those that are), I always make sure my editor has either paved the way for me or I have the contact info for the organizers and make arrangements in advance. I’ve found that, in general, a membership card to your state/regional press association, a professional-looking business card, and a good word from the editor who assigned you the story will open any doors you need opened.”

Carol Cole-Frowe: “I’ve never had a problem if I’ve had an assignment.”

Ruth Thaler-Carter: “Members of Washington Independent Writers used to be able to get press passes based on their membership cards. I’ve gotten them when I could present an assignment letter.”

Crai S. Bower: “I think there a couple of memberships that issue a credential, but I don’t know what they are. I usually contact the media director for the event and explain my assignment.”

Have you had a different experience with press passes, freelancers? If so, please share your thoughts in the Comments field below!



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