About The US Press Association, US Press Association Press Pass & Credentials
Welcome to the US Press Association, an organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging the growth of freelance journalists, professional journalists, and new media. We believe that information, ideas, and opinions should be shared without interference, constraint, or prosecution by the government.
Our belief in this freedom of the press has its roots in history.
In the Thirteen Colonies before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the media was subject to a series of regulations imposed by British authorities who attempted to prohibit the publication and circulation of information of which they did not approve. One of the earliest cases concerning freedom of the press occurred in 1734 when John Peter Zenger, publisher of The New York Weekly Journal, was acquitted of a libel case brought against him by British governor William Cosby. The publication continued until 1751, at a time when there were only two newspapers in New York City and the second was not critical of Cosby's government.
Today, we stand by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which permits information, ideas, and opinions without interference, constraint, or prosecution by the government.
Established in 1999, the US Press Association was founded on the belief that freelance journalists, including bloggers, photographers, podcasters, videographers, writers, and those associated with radio and other publications, should be entitled to the same rights, privileges, and treatment as our counterparts that work in mainstream media. As the organization grew, so too did the number of professionals that chose to join.
Recognizing the importance that new media was going to have on the world, the US Press Association had and still has the vision that freelance journalists and professionals of all media focuses need an outlet for their images, stories, video, and other media. With the increasing number of international members, the US Press Association issues credentials to US domestic and international beginner, freelance, professional journalists and those with varying media focus.
Having a USPA membership helps maximize the delivery of content to your respective audience and may help grant certain privileges not otherwise extended. Our members have full and unlimited control of earning potential from the original content they post. We often serve as a liaison between our members and event coordinators or directors, issuing members assignment letters to requested events, places, venues to help facilitate covering stories via written word, still photo, video and audio.
The US Press Association can help freelancers and other professionals leverage themselves against larger corporate media structures. Our objective is to be a community that supports one another, works to progress our common cause of seeking, describing, capturing, and reporting stories and events that are of interest to their respective audiences, and to educate and provide essential resources.
Join us and become part of the future of new media, journalism, and the art of communication. The US Press Association has one of the largest and most diverse communities of writers, bloggers, online publications, print publications, photographers, videographers, and other new media journalists and artists. This includes one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of concert photographers!
News for the people, by the people!
Why Join The US Press Association
The US Press Association is not a part of or affiliated with the United States Federal Government.
The only official USPA - US Press Association websites are https://uspressassociation.org and https://uspressassociation.com
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