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by Association For Creative Industries
January ​17-21, 2019

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
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Media Requirements

Media Credentialing Process

Please note our media credential requirements were updated on June 20, 2018. A history of being registered at previous events does not guarantee approval or waive the credential requirements. You will need to follow the application guidelines below.

Press Badges are provided to media professionals who work for established print, online and broadcast news organizations, and industry and financial analysts employed by or belonging to a recognized association, firm or media agency. Press Badges will also be granted on a case-by-case basis, and through invitations to cover the event.

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) reserves the right to revoke Press Badges at any time. Press Badges will not be granted to anyone whose principal purpose for the event is, in our judgment, for reasons other than covering them as working news media.

We highly encourage applying for a Press Badge prior to the event as a Press Badge will not be issued on-site at the event without the required documentation indicated in the guidelines below.

Please note: Posts promoting your own business or products do not qualify as creative industry posts. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter sites, personal blogs, communities, forums and user groups will not be considered for media accreditation. These will be reviewed at AFCI’s discretion.

Print & Newswire Reporters

To qualify as Press, print and newswire reporters must provide BOTH:
  • A company business card that must show your name, title and company name, and;
  • A bylined industry-related article* from your publication written by you that clearly shows your byline and that was published within the last three months.
*Examples of creative industry articles about the creative industry in general: trends, crafting, trade shows, etc.

Freelance Reporters

Freelance reporters and photographers may attend on behalf of established news organizations or associations. Marketing, PR, business development or other industry executives who contribute bylined articles to news outlets, online sites or blogs MAY BE eligible for Press Badges on a case-by-case basis.

To qualify as Press, freelance reporters must provide BOTH:

  • A letter from a director/editor on organization letterhead stating that you are covering the event for their news organization or one recognized by their association, and;
  • A bylined industry-related article* from the publication/website/blog you are representing written by you that clearly shows your byline and that was published within the last three months.
*Examples of creative industry articles about the creative industry in general: trends, crafting, trade shows, etc.

Broadcast Journalists

To qualify as Press, broadcast journalists, photographers and videographers must provide TWO of the following:

  • A company business card that shows your name, title and company name, and/or;
  • A link to an article or page displaying your name on the masthead in an editorial capacity, and/or;
  • A letter from a producer/editor or director of a journalistic association on company letterhead with contact information stating that you are on assignment.

Please Note: Each member of a broadcast crew must register separately. A link to newscast video may also be submitted.

Digital Media Journalists

To qualify as Press, digital media journalists must provide TWO of the following:
  • A recent monthly traffic report from an external demographic tool, like Google Analytics, verifying the online publication or blog gets a minimum of 10,000 or more unique monthly visitors (UMVs). The site must be previously established, independent and regularly updated with original content and current creative industry news*.
AND

  • A company business card that shows your name, title and company name, or;
  • Masthead from a current issue of a creative industry online publication or blog listing you as an editorial contributor.
*Examples of creative industry articles about the creative industry in general: trends, crafting, trade shows, etc.

Creative Industry Bloggers/Digital Content Creators

Creative industry bloggers/digital content creators may quality to receive a press badge, but must first register to attend the event as a Digital Content Creator. For questions about AFCI membership, please contact our membership department at (201) 835-1200 or membership@afci.global.

Creative Industry Influencers

Creative industry influencers may qualify to receive a press badge, but must first register to attend as an AFCI Creator VIP. For questions about the Creator VIP program, contact Andria Gibbon, CEM, Vice President of Events & Education, at (201) 835-1231 or agibbion@afci.global.