How to Get Press Passes From Authorized Organization


A press pass enables a journalist to access areas that are normally not accessible by presenting it when needed. This is especially required in places where breaking news is happening. It also acts as a form of verification which is usually required by the police, agencies, offices, firefighters, security and so many others where a journalist may require gaining entry and collect information including taking photographs. It also shows that the bearer is actively involved in journalism and also acts as a way of separating bystanders from official representatives of media houses.

Having an international recognized press pass is ideal as journalistic work cuts across geographical borders. It will assist a journalist to cover events that are not in their home country hence making it an invaluable thing to have. Here are a few tips that show how to get press passes: A journalist should register with a recognized press organization as he will be able to enjoy a better press discount. This will enable such journalists to buy state of the art equipment as well as enjoy amenities that will enable them to reach events in a short period of time. Being able to cover breaking news is very beneficial to the career of a journalist. In addition, being able to get a superior press discount shows that a photographer or writer is respected and highly recognized.

5 Degrees From Freedom – An Astrological Account Of Laura Ling And Enua Lee’s Tale


The story of the two journalists, is a complex tale of hopes and disappointments, ups and downs. It can be summarized in 5 parts - the incident, the decision, the trial, the plan, and the release. PART 1: THE INCIDENT - Journalists Captured The story began in March with Mercury, the ruling planet of reporters opposing Saturn, the ruler of boundaries and confinement. The opposition occurred at 17 degrees, with Mercury in Pisces, the sign of idealism, Ruled by Neptune who is known for blurring the lines and flowing over boundaries. Driven by their ideals, two American journalists crossed the border into North Korea. With Saturn analytical Virgo, the fault finder of the Zodiac, their action did not go unnoticed. They were captured and detained. A third planet figures predominantly in this story, Uranus - the planet of freedom. It the time of their capture Mercury was 5 degrees from conjoining Uranus, suggesting that freedom was in their future. However, freedom was 5 degrees away, about 5 months from happening, with a new twist in the road every 5 weeks.

PART 2: THE DECISION - They Will be Indicted In mid April Mercury in Taurus formed a Trine with Saturn (a slow planet who has moved very little since March). Trines represent a harmonious flow of energy, and at the same time Mercury formed a sextile, the aspect of opportunity, to the point where he was in mid-March. A few days later, 5 weeks after the journalists were captured, it was announced the journalists would put on trial. It seemed their captivity, an expression of Saturn was moving along smoothly, yet a trial was also the first opportunity they had for a change in their situation. Mercury was also just entering the retrograde zone, a period of time before a retrograde when he is covering the same area he will return to. Events during this time tend to be revisited during the retrograde.

PART 3 - THE TRIAL - Indicted and Convicted Although there was much talk of a trial, the two were not formally indicted until late May, just prior to the end of Mercury's retrograde cycle - and 5 weeks after the trial was announced. The trial began in early June. With Mercury squaring several planets in Aquarius, the sign of the humanitarian, it did not look promising they would be shown mercy. On June 7th The Full Moon fell at 17 degrees in Gemini and Sagittarius. Both signs relate to journalism, with Gemini being the sign of reporters and Sagittarius the sign of freedom of information. This Full Moon was exactly squaring the mid-March Mercury/Saturn opposition. On this day the journalists were officially convicted. With Jupiter, the planet of optimism, turning retrograde within a week, the situation seemed bleak, and hope began to fade. United states pleas for their release were yielding no results. However, Mercury was also making one sextile, the aspect of opportunity, at this time. The planet providing a glimmer of hope was Uranus - the cosmic wall breaker, the planet of freedom and changes, as well as the co-ruler of Aquarius. Despite the dismal outlook, there was a sudden turn of events 'in the stars'. There was no change in the situation for about a month.

PART 4: THE PLAN - Bill Clinton, the Diplomat On June 30th, after another 5 weeks, Uranus turned retrograde, suggesting secrecy, something was happening behind the scenes. There was no news around this time, although on June 29th the Washington Post had reported that the U.N. secretary general said he was making personal efforts to free the two. He told the post he had worked behind the scenes in similar situations before. A few days later, on the eve of the Unites States Independence Day, Mercury entered Cancer. The ruling planet of reporters transiting through the sign of home, had to set in motion the events finally leading to their return. Although Mercury would remain in cancer for only two weeks, it would host pivotal events. The Solar Eclipse on July 7th was the first in a rare series of three. Through these three powerful eclipses we have seen the story turn from one of lost hope, to one of success and freedom. This was in the signs of Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, and Cancer, the sign of home - as well as the sign currently occupied by Mercury. At the moment of the eclipse, both Sun and Moon were in sextile to Saturn. That day Laura Ling made a phone call to her sister, Lisa. Lisa Ling said the her sister had admitted guilt, saying they had defiantly broken the North Korean law - in fact she said, this point was made with great emphasis. This also brought about an important shift in U.S. policy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States would accept the guilt of the Journalists, and seek a pardon rather than a release on humanitarian grounds. Mid - July, both the Sun and Mercury formed trines to Uranus. Hillary Clinton officially called for the pardon of Ling and Lee. It was later reported that Ling and Lee told their families, during conversations in mid-July, that North Korea would be open to negotiations with Bill Clinton. The second eclipse in this series, was the Solar Eclipse on July 21st. This was the beginning of the Waxing Moon phase, the time of beginnings, occurring in Cancer, the sign of home. The potent energy of the this eclipse (see my Solar Eclipse post) was all about changes, breaking restrictions, the blending of endings and beginnings. It brought the official beginning of the plan that finally worked. On July 24th and 25th National Security advisor Jim Jones spoke with Bill Clinton about traveling to North Korea. The morning of July 26th Moon crossed Bill Clinton's Ascendant - at 5 degrees Libra, the sign of the diplomat. There was little official news during this time, fitting with the degree of uncertainty carried by the Solar Eclipse. As it was the middle in a series of three eclipses, we look to the final eclipse for resolution.

PART 5: THE RELEASE - Home at Last! On August 3rd the Moon was in Capricorn, having arrived back at the point she was during the first eclipse in this series as Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea for negotiations. The next day, August 4th marked the was exactly 5 weeks after Uranus turned retrograde. This was exactly 20 weeks after the journalists were first detained; about 5 months, broken down in 5 important chapters. With the energy of the eclipse already building, only one day before it occurs, the Moon formed a sextile with Uranus. The same day she would enter Aquarius. This is the sign ruled or Uranus, and the sign hosting this final eclipse, the very next day. This coming eclipse was one of changes, crossroads, and events coming to a head (see my Lunar Eclipse post). It also formed quincunxes (known as fated aspects, bringing adjustment or change) to the original Mercury Saturn opposition under which they were first detained. On August 4th Laura Ling and Enua Lee were pardoned. August 5th, with Venus, the planet of harmony at 5 degrees Cancer, the sign of home - and only hours before the final eclipse - Lisa Ling and Enua Lee arrived home.

Press ID – A Boost for Media Professionals


Media credentials make it easy for writers and photographers to access event venues or hot spots. A credential is simply a pass or an identification tag that shows your name, photo and the media company you represent. Without such a pass, it would be difficult to get yourself to the center of the action. On the other hand, these documents are vital especially in cases where you are covering riots, war or other sensitive events. It is easy for anyone to front as a journalist. To avoid such confusion, authorities insist on media professionals having these badges. Freelance journalists, on the other hand, are not employees of media operators. They are people who offer themselves for hire and receive payment for it. Just like their counterparts, they also need to have the required media credentials. All media professionals require this document. However, you should know that such a document does not grant you automatic entry into every event. There are places where you will undergo further vetting before they can let you in. An example is an event where the president and top government officials are present. Security is usually tight especially among dignitaries. The press id must have come as a relief to media professionals. Hours before an event starts, you can use it to gain access to the venue and secure a good vantage point.

There are entrances set aside for members of the press. Your identification gives you the privilege of passing through such a gate rather than the one used by other members of the public. Usually, press cards have the word "press" inscribed in thick capital letters. Anyone who sees you wearing that badge steps aside to let you pass. This is a result of the respect people accord to news reporters and photographers. Reporters have a duty to inform the people about what is taking place around them. Without a press id, no one will believe you when you say that you are a journalist. There are instances where you need to get behind the scenes and interview people. This small card acts as your savior. Celebrities, sports personalities and even politicians will hardly speak to anyone asking questions. However, by producing a document that shows you are working on behalf of a news agency, these people will gladly speak to you. There is some magic behind your press card. Otherwise, journalists would have such a rough time before getting a story.

Once you start working as a journalist, make sure you secure a presse ausweis. Once you get it, always carry it with you. This is the only document that identifies media people as professional journalists. Anyone who wishes to confirm the validity of your status need only take details of your presse ausweis. They can then contact the issuing authority for verification. Media agencies and press associations are the sole issuers of press credentials. For this reason, even security agents recognize press cards as authentic. Before you get one, the issuer must have proof of your training and qualifications.

Cowboys Prepare Showdown Against Redskins With Issues in The Offensive Line


Despite still accusing pain from cracked ribs and a collapsed lung, in Dallas they are confident about Tony Romo's presence versus Washington, which is not the case with Miles Austin, who will be out for at least two weeks. If after the loss against the New York Jets the Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, came out to publically defend quarterback Tony Romo from the critics, this time his intervention with the media has been to clarify that the 31-year-old player's "ability to handle the pain" is what will determine whether or not he plays on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins, he said. While head coach Jason Garrett expressed on that there shouldn't be a reason for Romo not to play. Luckily for Dallas, Romo knows how to manage pain; otherwise he wouldn't have played in Sunday's overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers by 27-24. Although much of the strength to endure the pain during that game came out of his hurt pride, after being strongly criticized for his mistakes in the season opener against the NY Jets, Romo forgot about his fractured ribs to quiet his detractors and lead the team to their first victory.

In case Romo can't make it through the pain again, 39-year-old veteran Jon Kitna would fill in, who this season has a passer rating of 82.1 , with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Wide receiver Miles Austin -who wasn't able to play the overtime in the victory over the 49ers after accusing a knee injury- is not even in doubt as, he is expected to miss the next two weeks due to injury. Along with Romo, Austin was one of the stars in Dallas' victory against the 49ers over the weekend, reporting 143 yards and 3 touchdowns, reason why he will be greatly missed against Washington. Positive news is that running back Felix Jones will be available for the Monday Night Football showdown, despite having dislocated his shoulder in the victory over San Francisco. Much more is expected from him after his poor performance this season, as well as from running backs DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice. While Jones has averaged just 2.7 yards per carry on 26 attempts and one TD, the rookie and the veteran combine for only 30 rushing yards and 0 TDs.

No wonder why the Cowboys are struggling so much to win. If the Cowboys don't want to have a losing season like their previous (6-10) one, they better pick their running game from the less than three yards per carry that is currently averaging. Not to forget that after two games Romo has suffered five sacks, which is also a wake-up call for him. They will face a team that is unbeaten this season, Washington, and leads the NFC East Division, therefore the Cowboys need to get the ball running if they plan to snatch No. 1. Last time they met was in Week 15 of last season, at Cowboys Stadium, and the game ended up with a victory for the home team by 33-30, which Dallas will try to repeat on Monday.

Media Students Need to Know Who Owns Y.M.C.A


Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property is important for media and law students. So who owns the rights to Village People's YMCA? We have all danced to it at one stage in our life, most of us more than once, whether you are six to sixty and upwards. The song and many others are soon to be part of a new copyright battle between song writers and the record companies that distribute their work. Copyright and intellectual property is becoming an ever more important issue for the creative and cultural industries. Protecting your rights is important for film and documentary makers, photographers, and journalists across all media. In Griffith College's??journalism??and??photography??courses intellectual property and copyright is an increasing feature of the curriculum. In the??Law programmes??it is an essential course topic. Getting the true value of your content is difficult in a digital technology orientated world where on the one hand you want your content to go viral online but still want to get paid for it. In the United States this week one new front in the copyright discussions has emerged called "Termination Rights".

The word springs from legislation passed by the US Congress into law in 1978 that allows song writers regain control of their work 35 years after it was first realised by a record company. You have to apply two years before the date your work was commercially released. This week the New York Times and other news media have reported about the termination rights issue this week as January 1st 2013 will mark the first year Termination Rights can be granted. Albums released in 1978 that could see the rights fully return to their creator include Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town, Billy Joel's 52nd??Street, Funkadelic's One Nation Under a Groove and Village People's Y.M.C.A. Victor Willis, the original lead singer in the group has filed termination rights for Y.M.C.A and 32 other Village People tunes. With a song like this played at weddings, sports events on advertisements and even computer games ownership of the rights could be very lucrative. The case is being contested and could be the first of many such copyright disputes.

Dictation Tools For Journalists


In the field of journalism, the focus is on text, interviews and the production of quality media for the public. One of the main steps in the journalistic process is gathering facts and details for stories. To gather facts, journalists have several techniques they use to gather information. The most traditional form of gathering information is by taking notes manually. However, most journalists keep a digital recorder with them so they don't miss an important bit of information or quote. Since digital recording is crucial in the field of journalism, journalists need necessary tools to gather the information they need for articles. Not only do they need digital recorders with substantial memory and options, but they also need tools that help with transcription of recordings. It's easy for a journalist to flip a switch and record an interview, but it's more time consuming for a journalist to listen to that recording and convert the information to text. Dragon NaturallySpeaking software offers a tool that so many journalists need, which is technology that converts audio to text.

For journalists, if time can be saved during the transcription process, then more time can be allotted for interviews and the writing process. In the field of journalism, efficiency and productivity is important to get the best story to the public in the right amount of time. All journalists have to do is pair their digital recorder with Dragon software and let a computer do all the tedious work. Transcribing text has never been easier for journalists since the invention of this type of software. Now, journalists can conduct the interviews they want, record the information they need and convert recordings into text so the writing process can begin. Time saved during transcription leaves time for other tasks. Instead of a journalist missing an opportunity to cover other stories because of the demand of transcription, journalists now can cover more news and developments and have time to do everything needed.

Transcription software is the tool that alleviates the hassle of converting audio to text and is the tool that every journalist needs. Never again will a journalist miss a lead or an opportunity to cover a story with transcription software. Software provides necessary shortcuts that work and provide the most efficiency for the user. It's time for journalists to acquire technology that improves their work and start producing more content because of the tools available.

Presseausweis For a New Era of Journalism


In the pre-internet age, the "press" mostly consisted of dedicated, full-time professionals, who worked for major newspapers, wire services, magazines, or network news organizations. Now, with the multitude of sites that allow people to share their take on current events widely and instantly, theoretically anyone with a blog and a laptop can call themselves a journalist. Today, readers have a vast array of news sources to choose from, which has spurred greater creativity and given voice to a far wider variety of opinions. However, the expansion of the journalism field beyond the traditional press corps of traditional news reporting creates new challenges for credentialing reporters, which is still critical to ensure the security at public events that these journalists may be covering.

Even though many of the old traditions of reporting the news are slowly fading away, the need for a secure international presseausweis credentials remains. Given the changing landscape of journalism though, it needs to be flexible enough to allow people who may not have in the recent past been considered true journalists can still get press passes if they demonstrate their expertise and professionalism in news reporting. One of the barriers that individuals outside of the mainstream news establishment face to getting a press pass is that the passes are often issued by journalist organizations that are heavily dominated by trade unions. These groups have an incentive to protect their members by only issuing credentials to full time representatives of major news outlets, which shuts out part time journalists, freelancers, and bloggers. Alternatives to these established organizations are arising though to accommodate the face of international news journalism. International press organizations are issuing press passes to a wide range of self-employed journalists who are not affiliated with a major news organizations. Even the large legacy news outfits are changing their business model, increasingly relying on outsourcing their reporting to part time freelance writers.

While the need for freeing "the new journalists" from the domination of more traditional news outlets is necessary as the way the news gets reported continues to change, the liberalization of credentialing also needs to be balanced with security. Security at public events, particularly those where notable business and government leaders gather, is getting tighter as global security threats persist. If getting a press pass is too easy, individuals who mean to disrupt public gatherings with violence may gain preferential access to those events. However, new organizations that have recently earned the privilege of issuing press passes have had to pass rigorous reviews, and hopefully can be expected to protect that privilege by carefully screening the professionals that they issue passes to. On the other hand, in order to protect the freedom and independence of the press journalists should not be denied access because they report a controversial viewpoint, even those that seem extreme to many.

Going Places with Press Passes


Good reporters will do whatever it takes to get the right story, the right information, and the right picture. For these reporters, little is more essential than a press pass. One of these passes will allow reporters to access places that would otherwise be restricted. With a press pass, reporters have a wider range of stories from which to choose, allowing them to report on important events. Although any type of reporter may be issued a press pass, they are usually most vital for photographers. Although a journalist may be able to glean information from other sources, a photographer must capture images of events that happen only once. There are a few types of press passes, and getting a press pass depends upon which type of pass you hope to get. One type of pass is event-specific; it is issued by the event, and is null once the event is over. This often applies for things like concerts, festivals, trade shows, and award shows. This may be due to public interest in the event, such as when famous musical acts are performing. In this case, sufficient public interest exists, and attaining passes can be quite difficult.

However, the event may be more likely to grant passes if they particularly desire lots of publicity, such as in the case of trade shows. These are not possible to recreate. And, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Knowing how to get press passes will benefit you immensely. Journalistic agencies and employers, such as newspapers, may issue official identification cards to their employees. This is usually akin to an employee ID. Although this usually serves to identify journalists, it may or may not serve as a press pass, depending on the event. This is also jurisdiction-dependent, though, and no two places have the same rules. The final, and most important, kind of press car is that issued by the local or state police. The process for attaining these cards is usually quite extensive, depending on the jurisdiction from which they are issued.

A background check is usually performed; the journalist's credentials are checked thoroughly. Usually, if a police press pass enables journalists to gain access to crime scenes, they must give samples of their DNA and their fingerprints. It is generally only possible to attain one of these cards if you report current or breaking news. Special interest writers, columnist, and bloggers are usually not eligible for this kind of press pass. For reporters and journalists who are ready to go after breaking news and report from the front lines, a police press pass is important. The other kinds of passes all have their merits, though, and they should not be so easily dismissed. After all, it takes all types to make the world go around, and the news industry needs to report on all kinds of events. For journalists who have hollowed out their niche, figuring out which type of pass they need should be quite simple.

5 Reasonable Measurements To Make News Media Worthy


How do you impress the media today? Well, one thing is be sure that you better don't waste their time. Virtually, every media outlet from television, radio, magazines, even blogs are operating with fewer staff. They still have the same deadlines and massive work to do, but without as much help. One good thing is that media outlets are scramming for news stories to capture and keep their audiences. What this means is that right now is an excellent opportunity to receive some free publicity and almost everyone could use a freebie in this economy. Your pitch has to be of relevance and importance. If not you will surely find yourself on a black ball listl. There are some reasonable measurements to take to remain newsworthy. Following these steps will help to stay on the media's good side and off the blackball list. Reality Checking: Reality Check is many things in one. It is a non-partisan public interest resource to counter the effect of media saturation and model a new kind of public discourse on public issues.

It is a community composed of small, online discussion groups, developed as an experiment to overcome some of the limitations of online discussion. And, finally, it is a place to jump into the mess that is the impeachment hearings, and it comes out with a clearer head. Similarly be aware; of what is going on in the news; seriously do some self reality to make sure that you are up to date on the latest news happenings. You can't make the news if you don't understand what is going on surrounding the news. Prepare News: Media is a crucial tool to work with. Although the prospect of working with the media may seem daunting at first, you can reach hundreds and even thousands of people with one newspaper article or television clip. There are so many social media resources to create news buzz. Try starting a company blog, put some videos on YouTube, or connect with others on Stumbleupon or Twitter. Here are some tips for preparing yourself for effective media work in your community. *Have a Personalized stationary, *Create your own media list, *Write in a press release, *Promote your event, & then *Follow up your event. Promote the News: Big search engines like Google News and Bing News are seeking ,that content has to be engaged and literate, based on the tried and tested rules of the most effective news journalism, and entirely free of anything that could be construed by Bing or Google as spam or promotional material. If they catch the faintest whiff of the latter, they will drop the site like a hot brick. Supply top quality news content from our team of professional writers, enhancing the positive effects of platforms like WordPress with an additional human approach to search engine optimization and tailor-made content.

Most story ideas in the media are created from a press release. Make sure that you actively promote news to attract the media to cover stories on you. Success is only partly related to chance; the rest is down to cutting-edge promotion techniques and great content. Monitor the News: Staying on the pulse of rising news stories is an entry to pitch and promote news to receive coverage. When it comes to breaking news stories the media always seek topics on related subjects to add to the story. Now how well do local news outlets in your community cover minority issues? To find out, organize a media monitoring project in a class or discussion group. Just one week of monitoring can surprise you with what's included - and what's left out. Select one week to monitor. Have one or several people commit to reading one daily paper or watching one local TV news program for the entire week. Each monitor should count the number and length - in column inches or minutes/seconds of air time of stories involving minority persons or subjects. *Develop a chart to further analyze the coverage by subject matter (crime? sports? business? features?) by significance and by racial group covered. *When the entire group compares results from each monitoring report, patterns, trends - and further questions - will surely emerge. Discussion and analysis could go on for weeks! Win- Win Match: In order to receive free publicity from a media outlet you need to offer win-win match solutions to cover news about you. Pitching a storyline that does not match a media outlet's target audience is the fastest way to land on a blackball list. Also make sure that you are pitching reporters who cover news related to your pitch. Reporters don't pass on news to other reporters because it fits their category better; they simply toss your bad pitch.

How to Establish Your Career as a Part Time Journalist?


Journalism is an exciting career. However, there are many people who are not able to do it on a full time basis. If you are a part time journalist, there is a lot that you can do to enhance your career. As much as it requires natural talent and passion to succeed in journalism, there is a lot that you can do to increase your chances of success. First, it is important to get your stories out thereand you can only do this by establishing the right contacts. You need to be actively involved in journalism even if you are just doing it part time. For instance, you can request your local or the upcoming media outlet in your area to give you a part time job. Present to them some of the stories that you have done before. Let them know why you are going to be a valuable asset in their company. As a freelance journalist, you also need to ensure that you gain access to some of the high profile events taking place in your area. Getting a press pass to attend these events can be very tricky. However, you need to cover these stories if you want your name to be recognized in the industry soon enough. So what is the one way of ensuring that you gain access to some of the most restricted events? You can choose to be a part of an organization for media experts which offer lots of benefits to members.

The International Association of Press Photographers allows journalists to develop their careers by offering them press passes, press discounts and other great benefits when they become members. For a start, becoming a member of such an organization will ensure that you reach a larger audience. Additionally, organizations like IAPP will offer you a press discount. This means that, you will gain lots of discounts in organizations that recognize IAPP members. You can also get great avenues to sample your work for free and get published in popular media outlets. This organization has proper contacts with industry experts making it easy for you to get interviews and research on various stories. Organizations like IAPP are not politically affiliated. The organization only receives its funding from membership fees.

There is no government grant that is used in funding in the organization which is why it is considered to be completely independent. This means that, asfreelance journalist, you will be able to express yourself without the fear of intimidation, which is supported by your own organization. You can get a lot of support when you want to research on various topics especially if it concerns the freedom of the press. The organization has experts who are willing and ready to answer any questions regarding the press. You will also be able to save on cash when you visit one of the organizations that allow you to get a press discount. In essence, joining this organization can add value to your journalism career in a significant way.