Media Accreditation Guidelines
ITU's Strategic Communications Division supports media covering ITU's events, activities, as well as the latest telecommunication news and trends. Media are invited to participate in any ITU event open to the public, as per decisions made by ITU Member States and ITU's Information/Document Access Policy.
To gain media access, ITU must confirm your status as a bona fide member of the media. Therefore, please read ITU's Media Accreditation Guidelines below so you are aware of the information you will be required to submit for ITU to confirm such status.
Media accreditation is not granted
to 1) non-editorial staff working for a publishing house (e.g. management, marketing, advertising executives, etc.); 2) researchers, academics, authors or editors of directories; 3) employees of information outlets of public, non-governmental or private entities that are
first and foremost media organizations; 4) members of professional broadcasting or media associations, 5) press or communication professionals accompanying member state delegations; and 6) citizen journalists under no apparent editorial board oversight. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for accreditation are considered on a case-by-case basis and ITU reserves the right to request additional proof or documentation other than what is listed below. Media accreditation decisions rest with ITU and all decisions are final.
Accreditation eligibility & credentials
1. Journalists* should provide 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. Please email this to email@example.com along with the required supporting credentials, based on the type of media organization you work for:
Print and online publications should be available to the general public and published at least 6 times a year by an organization whose principle business activity is publishing and which generally carries paid advertising;
o please submit 2 copies or links to recent byline articles published within the last 4 months.
News wire services should provide news coverage to subscribers, including newspapers, periodicals and/or television networks;
o please submit 2 copies or links to recent byline articles or broadcasting material published within the last 4 months.
Broadcast media should provide news and information programmes to the general public. Independent film and video production companies can only be accredited if officially mandated by a broadcast station via a letter of assignment;
o please submit broadcasting material published within the last 4 months.
and photographers must provide clear documentation that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. Evidence that they regularly supply journalistic content to recognized media may be acceptable in the absence of an assignment letter and at the discretion of the ITU Strategic Communications Division.
o if possible, please submit a valid assignment letter from the news organization or publication.
2. Bloggers and community media may be granted accreditation if the content produced is deemed relevant to the industry, contains news commentary, is regularly updated and/or made publicly available. Corporate bloggers may register as normal participants (not media). Please see Guidelines for Bloggers and Community Media Accreditation below for more details.
Special accreditation guidelines for bloggers and community media
ITU is committed to working with independent and 'new media' reporters and columnists who reach their audiences via blogs, podcasts, video blogs, community or online radio, limited print formats which generally carry paid advertising and other online media. These are some of the guidelines we use to determine whether to accredit bloggers and community media representatives:
ITU reserves the right to request traffic data from a third party (Sitemeter, Technorati, Feedburner, iTunes or equivalent) when considering your application. While the decision to grant access is not based solely on traffic/subscriber data, we ask that applicants provide sufficient transparency into their operations to help us make a fair and timely decision. If your media outlet is new, you must have an established record of having written extensively on ICT issues and must present copies or links to two recently published videos, podcasts or articles with your byline.
Obtaining media accreditation for ITU events is an opportunity to meet and interact with key industry and political figures. While continued accreditation for ITU events is not directly contingent on producing coverage, owing to space limitations we may take this into consideration when processing future accreditation requests. Following any ITU event for which you are accredited, we therefore kindly request that you forward a link to your post/podcast/video blog to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloggers who are granted access to ITU events are expected to act professionally. Those who do not maintain the standards expected of professional media representatives run the risk of having their accreditation withdrawn.
Media already accredited and badged by the United Nations are automatically accredited and registered by ITU. In this case, you only need to send a copy of your UN badge to email@example.com to make sure you receive your event badge. Anyone joining an ITU event MUST have an event badge in order to access the premises. Please make sure you let us know in advance that you are planning to attend so your event badge is ready for printing and pick-up.
* Editorial staff of publications/news wire services, press photographers and TV/radio crews representing a recognized media organization.