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Old 14-01-2008, 22:31   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all..
I took delivery of my NUJ press card today (how exciting).
I was womndering who else held one and if anyone could share experiences of how its helped them.
I appreciate that I can't just roll upto events on spec and announce my entry due to the card but will it actually hold any weight at all when applying for media accreditation, etc?
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Old 14-01-2008, 22:40   #2 (permalink)
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I swear my dad about 25 years ago made his own "Daily Planet" id card with the name Clark Kent and used it to gain access to many places whilst taking pictures

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Now you tell me! I would have to use Peter Parker though! Clark Kent wasnt a photographer.. no one would believe me!
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Depends on the event. I was at something tonight where all you had to show was some sort of proof you were with a media outlet. Didn't matter which one. Even if it was just the high school paper, as long as you had proof you were set.

Other events are less forgiving.

As long as you present the laminate as identification (not any sort of attempt to pass it off as the official event laminate), you'll probably get further than if you didn't have it. Of course, in the events that go far enough to have specific laminates, you won't get very far without the official one.
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Where your press card will help you out is in situations where you may have to deal with officials - especially the police e.g. at major incidents. It helps differentiate you from the general public... but don't expect every beat cop to know, understand or respect your rights to photograph during such circumstances!

Also, you still have to ensure that you're not endangering yourself or others when you shoot at incidents and most importantly that you're not preventing or impeding emergency servicies from doing their job.

For organised events it's a different matter - the how and why of photo access is determined by the event organiser and, as you've rightly suspected, there are hardly any occasions when you can just roll up, present your pass and be let in.

As for applying for accreditations - well, the pass alone holds no weight. Some events will happily allow freelance shooters inside whilst the accreditation process for others requires that you be 'sponsored' via a letter of assignment (or similar) from a legitimate publication or outlet.

Case in point: I'm shooting UFC 80 for ESPN this week, and the accreditation process is as follows.

1. The UFC's media team emailed me the accreditation form
2. I filled out the form and emailed a scan of it to my contact at ESPN
3. ESPN have to fax the form and a letter of assignment to the UFC media team
4. The media team emailed me confirmation of my accreditation
5. On fight night, I have to present photo ID to collect my pass

Now, even though this is the fourth UFC event I've shot, I have to go through the same application process every time.
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Where your press card will help you out is in situations where you may have to deal with officials - especially the police e.g. at major incidents. It helps differentiate you from the general public... but don't expect every beat cop to know, understand or respect your rights to photograph during such circumstances!

Also, you still have to ensure that you're not endangering yourself or others when you shoot at incidents and most importantly that you're not preventing or impeding emergency servicies from doing their job.

For organised events it's a different matter - the how and why of photo access is determined by the event organiser and, as you've rightly suspected, there are hardly any occasions when you can just roll up, present your pass and be let in.

As for applying for accreditations - well, the pass alone holds no weight. Some events will happily allow freelance shooters inside whilst the accreditation process for others requires that you be 'sponsored' via a letter of assignment (or similar) from a legitimate publication or outlet.

Case in point: I'm shooting UFC 80 for ESPN this week, and the accreditation process is as follows.

1. The UFC's media team emailed me the accreditation form
2. I filled out the form and emailed a scan of it to my contact at ESPN
3. ESPN have to fax the form and a letter of assignment to the UFC media team
4. The media team emailed me confirmation of my accreditation
5. On fight night, I have to present photo ID to collect my pass

Now, even though this is the fourth UFC event I've shot, I have to go through the same application process every time.

Now your just showing off! ESPN!
Just kidding, I have had marginal success gaining freelance entry to events like the Clothes Show Live. Autosport Internation (which I couldnt go to in the end!) and the National Motorcycle Show.
Its one of those "chicken and egg" suituations as far as I can see, how can you get published if you cant attend the events because you're not published....
Best thing for me to do is to keep plugging away, I think.
Thanks "Viking" (cant be your real name, surely!)
I would love to hear if anyone else has any experience as freelance togs at events!
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As has been said it's usually only of use to the what are doing here type questions, occasionally from the police but more often these days from the myriad other uniformed people walking around. It's good for peace of mind. For accredited events it's no more useful than any other photo ID to collect passes.
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