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Can I make my own press pass?

Sunday 15 March 2020 - 14:59:12
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Can I make my own press pass? We actually get this question quite a bit from either prospective members or others that are simply curious about being able to cover an event they may be interested in. 

It's really not a difficult question to answer or to understand. 

While you may have the chops to create a really good looking badge of sorts, the question is "what good will it really do"? Your ID, badge, pass itself is not really what is going to get you considered for things like being able to photograph a concert or event. The question those decision makers are primarily concerned with is, "what website or publication are you part of" and "what is the number of daily/monthly viewers or readers"? If you have some slick looking badge that you've created but no website or a website with 400 monthly visitors, chances are you're not going to be considered or receive a pass for that particular venue or event, as they are looking for a larger number of viewers. Of course, if it is a relatively small or local gathering, there could be other considerations.

When it comes to the type of press pass that will be given to you if you are accepted for credentials, that would be a design that is unique to either the venue, event or management. And the answer to whether or not you can "make one of those" is NO. That is forgery and is illegal. It would be blatant misrepresentation and unauthorized use of any trademarked or copyrighted names, art, symbols or material. Keep in mind too, that there is also a significant difference between the credentials that are issued to photographers, writers, bloggers and other types of "all access" passes (backstage passes) etc. Attempting to forge one of those could land you in some serious trouble.

So to sum it up, sure you can create your own badge of sorts but you do not want to misrepresent yourself, anyone or anything else. 

If you have a website, use the name of your website on your homemade badge.

Under no circumstances should you use the name, logo, symbol, artwork or anything else that does not belong to you.

When it comes to the primary consideration of most decision makers "the number of website visitors or viewers you have" see how the US Press Association can help you satisfy general requirements.

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