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Media Accreditation Procedure for the WSIS Cluster of Events in Geneva

 

Requirements

Journalists accredited at the UN only need to complete the form. All other journalists are requested to complete the entire Media Accreditation Form and return it with*:

  • an official letter of assignment from the Editor-in-Chief (or the News Editor for radio/TV). One letter per crew/editorial team will suffice. Editors-in-Chief and Bureau Chiefs should submit a letter from their Director;

plus, any one of the following documents:

  • copies of recent (within the last 6 months) bylined articles;

  • a recent copy of the page of the publication which provides the names of regular editorial staff and contributors and which lists the journalist seeking accreditation;

  • a photocopy of their national/international press card valid through to the end of the event.
     

* We reserve the right to request supplementary documentary evidence which may include, as appropriate, original tear sheets, recent recordings of broadcast reports where the journalist is credited.

 

Eligibility

Media accreditation may be granted only to the editorial staff of publications/news wire services, press photographers and TV/radio crews representing a recognized media organization that is:

  • newspapers/magazines - available to the general public, published at least 6 times a year by an organization whose principle business activity is publishing, and which generally carries paid advertising;

  • online 'publications'- regularly generating a substantial amount of original news content and which belong to a registered media company with a verifiable non-web address plus telephone number;

  • news wire services - providing news coverage to subscribers, including newspapers, periodicals and/or television networks;

  • broadcast - broadcasting news and information programmes to the general public either through satellite or terrestrial means. Independent film and video production companies can only be accredited if officially mandated by a broadcast station via a letter of assignment.

Technical staff not part of a broadcast crew, all other non-editorial staff working for a media organization (i.e. management, marketing and advertising executives, etc.), researchers, authors and editors of directories cannot be granted media credentials. Accreditation can also not be accorded to the information outlets of NGOs.

 

Process

ITU must be satisfied that anyone applying for media accreditation is a professional journalist with a proven track record of reporting for bona fide media. Applications for media accreditation are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of the ITU Media Relations Service are final. Applicants will be notified when their documents have been accepted.

To collect your badge, a valid passport or form of photo id. must be presented. Badges will be available for collection from the media registration counter as of 09:00 on Monday, 12 May 2008.

We strongly recommend you register prior to the Event in order to avoid unnecessary delays in receiving your Media badge or in gaining full access to the venue. Please take special note that anyone registering on-site as a journalist must comply with the above procedure (i.e. letter of assignment plus additional media credentials and valid photo id).

Any queries concerning the media accreditation process should be directed to our ITU Media Relations Service.

 

 

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