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Latest comment: 17 years ago by Stevenfruitsmaak

Please discuss merge here.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Talk) 00:46, 5 January 2007 (UTC)Reply


It makes a difference whether one has a photo or video camara or wants to record sound (would be interesting for birds or chimes). Get-back-world-respect 21:46, 15 May 2004 (UTC)Reply

Yes, it does. Photographs LOVE to discuss their equipment ;-) ant

Press Corps activity[edit]

We should be on the lookout for good exclusive opportunities; if you are 2 or 3 deg of separation from a person or group of wide renown (with their own fan base), think about opportunities to request one. They benefit from exposure, we benefit from our own images, and our communities benefit from interacting with one another. Sj 00:01, 16 May 2004 (UTC)Reply


Ex: I'm a rising NYC band, getting covered regularly by my local papers. and some synth-pop mags. I would love to give WP an exclusive interview/photoshoot in exchange for a decent WP article about us and a day's coverage on the main page (perhaps on more than one country). My music audience has probably never visited WP, but this would give them reason to; the latest interview would be linked from the band's site.

Needs - a pair of people who know how to interview and take professional photos, respectively, with their own recording and (good) photography equipment... who can comfortably make it to such a session.


Ex: I'm a state-level politician, giving a press conference with some of my big-name supporters before a referendum/election. I want as many press reps as possible to cover my speech. A WP photojournalist would be welcome to record audio of the speech and get closeups of me and the stars speaking on my behalf.

Needs - someone with camera, vocoder, and WP press badge, who lives nearby (or cares enough to make the trip)

Ex: The ice skating world championhips just passed. They love publicity; would gladly have given a photographer access to the athletes to get decent shots of them all.

Needs - someone with a good camera who can lend it for the event. Someone who knows the skating world, already wants to attend the championships, and is happy to chase after skating stars for photos.

Press badges[edit]

I'd be interested in doing some photography and submitting photos to wikipedia in exchange for a press pass and invitations to London/UK {concerts, events, etc}. I've been in touch with a couple of promoters for upcoming concerts, but they do spesifically ask "who do you represent? " - currently representing noone but my personal website, actually representing wikipedia would go a long way, and I'd get the bonus of having more people see my photos! --andersja 13:54, 7 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Is making WP press badges a serious option? What would be necessary to make them? It would have advantages for both Wikimedia and the photographer. Fruggo 22:16, 15 Jan 2005 (UTC)

To answer your question: what is needed to make one is a printer, a laminater, and [optionally] a template. To use such a badge requires a) an on-wiki press office, with phone numbers where organizers can be reliably reached to verify credentials, and b) some simple process for accrediting (and unaccrediting) users, involving the uploading of a decent headshot. There's no need to make this more complicated than it has to be. +sj | Translate the Quarto |+

Press credentials mockup

Here's what I did to produce a photoid and a reference to both this page and a phone number for some third-party Wikimedian who could vouch for me. I threw together a press badge modeled after that of a friend who works for a local Boston news org. I lost the original image, but it looked something vaguely like the reconstruction at right (I used my drivers-license photo, and left out the URL, "WPPC ID", and phone #s...). Then I laminated it, punched a hole and looped a lanyard through it. I brought this to the credentialing station, along with a handful of namecards I printed on perforated stock with a laser printer (with the URL and phone #). Total printing cost : around $6.

PS - I used the badge twice. The first time, nobody asked me for further details to verify my press status; the people knew what Wikipedia was and were in a good mood. I got a "Wikipedia" press pass with it. The second time, I got a "Wikinews" press pass (but felt bad that I hadn't made a separate wikinews badge). Since then, I have twice gotten press accreditation without a badge by emailing people in advance, with links to my Wikipedia and Wikinews user pages, and explaining my interest in a conference. In general, I think getting accreditation without a badge is easier and less risky, but requires planning farther ahead and may still involve bringing such a badge to show you are who you claimed to be. +sj | Translate the Quarto |+ 06:51, 19 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I've sort of created a press badge myself. -- NGerda 22:32, 18 July 2005 (UTC)Reply

Process, and Coordination with Wikinews[edit]

There should be some basic coordination of press accreditation and event coverage across the projects. I would imagine that Commons, Wikinews, and Wikipedia are the only three likely to have would-be press badge users. Of these, Meta can probably serve the needs of Commons and Wikipedia. Wikinews is likely to have more than just photographers in attendance, and has different issues of reputation to attend to, so it might want its own accreditation process. But perhaps we can all use the same system for now...

Below are some old thoughts on what we definitely need.

For newer, better-defined thoughts stemming from conversations on #wikinews and Wikinews, see the Wikinews accreditation policy, its talk page, and the resulting list of wikinews:Wikinews:Accreditation_requests.

Basic Guidlines[edit]

To be an accredited member of the local press corps, you should

  • Be a contributor in good standing on at least one Wikimedia project (provide a link to the relevant user page), with active contributions for more than a month, and within the last month
  • Have at least one noteworthy event you intend to cover as a member of the press. This means taking photographs, writing reports, or interviewing people involved with the event.
  • Upload a headshot of yourself here, suitable for use on a press badge. around 150 by 150 pixels.
  • Be certain you can commit to reporting on / providing photos from events that you attend.

Interested applicants will be approved by the ragtag bunch of accreditors who have to field emails and phone calls from event organizers verifying your credentials (see below)

Accrediting Bunch[edit]

People willing to oversee accreditation, and the list of press corps members, need to:

  • Keep up with the project activity of press corps members; anyone inactive on all projects for over a month should be removed from the active list
  • Follow up on event attendance; someone accredited for an event should link to the content they brought back
  • Be available by email and phone for verification of accreditation. (Not everyone has to be available by both email and phone; a ticket account can be set up for email verification. At least one person should be available by phone.)
  • Keep track of different lists of press corps members. For instance, Wikinews and Wikipedia will be different lists (many wikipedians don't represent or know much about wikinews, and [less frequently] vice versa)

Initial interest in doing this has been expressed by Ilya H and Sj; a few more people are needed.

Accreditation at Wikinews[edit]

For what it's worth, the accreditation policy has been active at Wikinews for a few months now. A few people applied, but as far as I know there has not been anyone yet who actually got a press pass from a third-party organization after having been accredited through this system. I suggest that the system works, in general, though. -- IlyaHaykinson 17:45, 19 Jun 2005 (UTC)

We should crosslink this page to the accreditation page, for sure. -- sj | help translate |+

Article needs to explain itself better[edit]

I came here from en:Wikipedia:Requested photos but don't understand exactly what "press corp" is supposed to mean. Is it people who take photos of Wikimedia events? People who photograph things for Wikinews/Wikipedia articles? Why is the camera used by each person so important? A bit more context would help a lot! Stevage 10:13, 21 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Good point. It is meant to be people to photograph things for Wikimedia - articles, books, &c. In particular people who are attending events or shows for this purpose, to help coordinate who is covering each of a body of important occurrances. -- sj | help translate |+