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Hi everybody, in this first year of experience i would have solved some problem in a faster, better and cheaper way with a press accreditation.. the fact is that as independent pj i have not the possibility to get one in my country in a reasonable time. are there reliable associations, sindycates (or anything else that can actually do) that can provide me press card and accreditation actually recognizing my independent photojournalist statu?? i’m not right now to be considered professional, as my income depends on its majority not on pj.
thanx all for your help

by Giulio Petrocco at 2008-12-24 07:00:32 UTC Tbilisi , Georgia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hello, I guess you’re Italian so…I had my International Press Card (Carte de Presse) after a simple and nice contact with http://www.fnsi.it/.
Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana. They gave me the link to their Toscana’s office, because I am based in Florence. I had to fill a simple declaration and pay something like 50 Euro….my income anyway depends on pj and I guess you have to prove you’re in this job and you really need and deserve the press card. Greetings, Federico

by Federico Caponi | 25 Dec 2008 10:12 | warsaw, Poland | | Report spam→
This is a very interesting question. I’m in the somewhat same situation like Giulio, but live in Belgium. Tips are welcome!

by Frederic Vanwalleghem | 07 Feb 2009 16:02 | Ghent, Belgium | | Report spam→
mmhh. yeah. i still need some advice..
here in kosovo working with the institutions is kinda impossible without press card. and the most common answer i got from the kfor/un/everybody was “oh, yeah, i understand there are different ways of doing your job.. but.. ehm. if u are not endorsed by some newspaper or agency, well, to us u r not a photojournalist”
for the other issues is no problem usually. i mean, being nice and big smiles open the doors, but too many times the lack of a press card is a good excuse to make ur job harder and slower..
have fun guys

by Giulio Petrocco | 07 Feb 2009 16:02 | Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia | | Report spam→
Giulio and Frederic, since you’re both dealing with the Kosovo UN/EU people .. I have gotten a press card from them before and it required a ‘letter of introduction’ from a publication or agency. Are there any magazines, agencies, big websites, etc. that you are working with? If you are trying to get your pictures published afterwards, which I assume you would be if you are doing work as a journalist, try making contact with these places and seeing if they’d be willing to write a letter for you. It would not involve any commitment on their part … you’re not working for them, just that they recognize you as a photojournalist and are going to see/consider your work when you are done working there. I don’t know if there is a big difference with European publications, but this would probably be very easy in America with ones own contacts.
Good luck, happy to help further if possible..

by [former member] | 07 Feb 2009 16:02 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
thaaaaanx 4 the suggestion =)
see ya soon

by Giulio Petrocco | 07 Feb 2009 17:02 | Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia | | Report spam→
it helps to show published work if your letter is from an small or obscure newspaper…i can tell this story now, it was so long ago…on my first trip to Bosnia i made up my own photo agency with my own letterhead…the guy at the IFOR/UNPROFOR press office in Zagreb had never heard of it of course…but I had a stack of real, legitimate clippings of my published work. So even though he was skeptical, he accredited me. This story for entertainment purposes only! Don’t try this in the age of the internet now where everything is googled…these days he would have found out immediately that my “agency” was only me!

what the internet does mean, though, is that there are so many more online outlets that you can be a legitimate correspondent/contributor to. The Democratic National Convention last year in Denver credentialed bloggers and was very helpful, because they understood full well just how important the blogosphere can be in shaping and forming public opinion and even breaking stories.

so as Matt says, establish a relationship with an institution of some kind, and have them write you a letter. Shouldn’t be too hard. Good luck.

by [former member] | 07 Feb 2009 17:02 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

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Giulio Petrocco, Photographer Giulio Petrocco
Venezia , Italy ( VCE )
Federico Caponi, Photographer Federico Caponi
Warsaw , Poland
Frederic Vanwalleghem, Photographer Frederic Vanwalleghem
Tacloban , Philippines


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