Did you know that anyone can be a member of the media or press? Journalism is simply the act of disseminating news to the public and the term can apply to anyone. All you have to be is either a reporter or a writer for a publication. Many journalists start their journey by writing for a personal blog building their brand or covering stories by their computer web camera and sending it out by a video platform. As the growth of the information age, it has been increasingly harder for people to tell who actually fits into the title and who doesn’t, which is great for people looking to jump into this area of content creation.
Though I am not a lawyer, I will tell you there are ethical responsibilities to identifying yourself a journalist or part of a media outlet. First off when you publish your content you have to only publish the truth. This is part of the first amendment Clause that protects the right of individuals to express themselves through publication and dissemination of information, ideas and opinions without interference, constraint or prosecution by the government. If you publish something that makes fun of your subject it has to be in such a way it can be identified as satire, otherwise you’re slandering which is illegal.
Being a member of the media or press does have its perks. Often at big events, there are reserved special sections at the front or free passes for members of the media at conventions. Heck you could hit up VIP parties via twitter and ask if you could send a vlogger to cover the event. (It helps if you have a following on a major platform.) In fact, several years ago I did just that to get into a Funimation party with an open bar during Sakuracon. We were escorted by security into the VIP area where we were able to meet many of the people who worked at Funimation as well as other people who were seen as VIP. It’s great for networking, creating content for your channel and the ability to align your name with bigger brands with established followings.
To help you identify yourself as a member of the media it helps to have a badge and business cards stating so. There are claimed accredited associations you can go through that will charge you upwards of $200 for a card with their logo letting people know that you are a member of the media. You can also just have a badge printed up which is what most outlets do. To help you with this process we have made 3 FREE mock up Press Badges. You can use these or you can design your own.Step 1: Download the PSD file package of your choice.
Step 2: Edit the information on the badge template for your channel.
Step 3: Print one or both sides of the press badge off. Use a thicker card stock for the print.
Step 4: Cut the sides out to match the same height. If you need to, use double sided tape to hold them together and cut the sides of the cards together so the line up even.
Step 5: Look at the front of the badge. Where you see a white circle, punch a hole through the cards.
Step 6: Laminate the badge.
Step 7: Cut the plastic off the outside of the badge but leave enough area for the plastic to stay together.
Step 8: Punch a smaller hole back through the original hole before we laminated the badge.
Step 9: Put a lanyard in the hole and wear it.
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