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Press accreditation requirements

Press accreditation requirements

Please review these accreditation requirements carefully before completing the application. Passes issued will be valid for all four days.

The accreditation criteria assume that applicants are full-time in-house journalists, freelancers under specific assignment or industry analysts, and that journalism and/or industry research is the applicant’s main job.

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Print and newswire reporters

Evidence required:

  • A copy of the masthead from a current issue of your publication or a link to your publication’s website that shows your name listed as part of the reporting team.
  • 4–5 bylined articles relating to the wireless industry (published within the last three months)
  • We may also require an email from your editor, from the company email address, stating that you will be covering YoMo for the publication/outlet, should we not be able to clearly establish your accreditation status

Please note:

  • A press card alone will not be accepted as press credentials;
  • Copy/content editors, publishers and non-editorial executives or owners do not qualify for a media pass; and
  • Company publications or newsletters do not qualify as media

Online media

Evidence required:

  • A link to a current page of your online publication or blog with your name and title appearing in an editorial capacity
  • 4–5 bylined articles relating to the wireless industry (published within the last three months)
    We may also require an email from your editor, from the company email address, stating that you will be covering the YoMo for the publication/outlet, should we not be able to clearly establish your accreditation status.
  • Bloggers must demonstrate evidence of regular (at least 2-3 entries per week), current writing related to the mobile industry
  • Online media must also provide a recent monthly traffic report from an external demographic tool, like Google Analytics, verifying the online publication or blog gets 5,000 or more unique monthly visitors. The site must be previously established, independent and regularly updated with original and current mobile industry news.

Please note:

  • A press card alone will not be accepted as press credentials;
  • Copy/content editors, publishers and non-editorial executives or owners do not qualify for a media pass;
  • Websites must post original, dated, industry-related news (at least 2-3 times per week). The website content must extend beyond links, forums, personal diaries, opinion or personal analysis;
  • Price comparison sites do not qualify as media unless there is significant (at least 75 per cent) editorial content on the home page;
  • Personal website writers, fan sites, designers, editors and creators do not qualify for media accreditation;
  • YouTube, Facebook or Twitter pages/accounts, personal blogs, communities, forums and user groups do not qualify for media accreditation;
  • Writing/blogging must be your main professional activity;
  • Expert contributors to media outlets whose main role day-to-day role is not journalism do not qualify as media;
  • A maximum of five bloggers may be accredited per website; and
  • Company or sponsored blogs do not qualify as media

Broadcast journalists and film crews

Each member of a broadcast crew must register separately and provide the following material, depending on your role.

Broadcast journalists

  • A copy of your business card with name, editorial title and media outlet logo or the link to your broadcast outlet website with your name listed as a member of the editorial team
  • Evidence of regular presenting / reporting (links to broadcast coverage with date/time stamp)
  • We may also require an email from a producer/editor from the broadcast media, from the company email address, stating that you will be covering YoMo for the publication/outlet, should we not be able to clearly establish your accreditation status

Film crews

  • A copy of your business card with name, editorial title and media outlet logo or the link to your broadcast outlet website with your name listed as a member of the editorial team
  • An email from a producer/editor from the broadcast media, from the company email address, stating that you will be covering YoMo for the publication/outlet
  • Applications from production companies must be supported by an email from the broadcast media for which they are working. The email must be from a senior editor/producer from the broadcast media, from the broadcast media company email address. The email should be sent to press@mwcyomo.com.

Please note:

  • A press card alone will not be accepted as press credentials;
  • Production crews hired by exhibitors/sponsors to film at YoMo will not be considered for media accreditation and must register as general attendees; and
  • The GSMA reserves the right to limit the number of broadcast crew per outlet

Freelance reporters and photographers

Evidence required:

  • An email from the editor or senior member of the editorial team of a recognised media outlet, from the company email address, stating you are covering the Congress on assignment for their outlet/publication.
  • Proof of regular and ongoing freelance journalism activity (published within the last three months)
  • Proof of regular and ongoing photography activity (published within the last three months)

Please note:

  • Freelance journalists / photographers will not be accredited without a valid assignment letter/email;
  • We cannot accredit individuals whose main role is not freelance journalism; and
  • A press card alone will not be accepted as press credentials.

Additional documentation

Please note we may ask for additional documentation in order to confirm your press/industry analyst accreditation. In cases where an editor is providing endorsement for an applicant who may be covering YoMo on assignment:

  • The signatory must serve in an editorial capacity (we will not accept assignment letters / emails from publishers or executives in marketing, sales, PR, etc.);
  • The assignment letter / email must be sent directly by the signatory, using his/her company email address; and
  • Knowingly providing a letter / email of assignment for or endorsing a non-qualified applicant can result in an entire organisation losing accreditation for YoMo.

Accreditation approval

  • Accreditation is reserved for working members of the media only. This includes editors, reporters, producers, camera crews, still photographers and industry analysts. The GSMA reserves the right to deny an applicant a press pass if sufficient credentials are not provided.
  • A history of being registered at previous Mobile World Congress events or other GSMA events does not guarantee approval or waive the accreditation requirement.
  • Misconduct or misrepresentation of your position, outlet/publication or staff could prevent you and your entire organisation from attending future GSMA events.
  • If you do not qualify as accredited press in any of the above categories, then you should not apply using the Press accreditation process and instead will need to apply for an Educator Pass through the YoMo Education Pass registration page
  • The GSMA reserves the right to modify this policy without public notice and to revoke previously issued YoMo accreditation/registration at any time.

Questions?

Please email the YoMo press registration team with any questions at press@mwcyomo.com.