Media Accreditation Requirements for First Time Applicant
1. Register and submit request
Instructions for the e-Accreditation form
2. Supporting Documentation
Letter requesting U.N. accreditation of media personnel on official letterhead of a media organization, signed by the Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, or Assignment Editor (along with their contact information). It should be recent, and include the duration of the assignment and reach of the media (print circulation, radio/television audience and/or statistical number of hits for website entities). Please address the letter to the Media Accreditation Unit and upload it (in PDF format) to the form when registering, along with samples, as described below. Letters will not be accepted by e-mail or fax.
Please note that there are different types of accreditation.
INDEPENDENT BROADCAST OR FILM PRODUCTION COMPANIESmust provide a letter from a broadcast organization or film distributor which has committed to air or distribute the work. The project should be UN related.
PRINT MEDIAmust submit two by-lined articles published within the past month and a copy of the publication.
RADIO AND TV MEDIAmust submit two recent reports. Media support staff, such as camera operators, sound, engineers, producers, and technicians can submit the work of the reporter to which they contributed their services to support their accreditation request.
PHOTOGRAPHERSmust submit original tear sheets or photos with credits of the issuing organization as published
(Subject to all other criteria, online media may include news outlets, blogs, vlogs and others) must meet the following requirements, in addition to those above:
- The website must belong to a recognized media organization and have a specific, verifiable street address and a telephone number.
- The website must have at least 60% original news content or commentary or analysis, including coverage of international or U.N. related issues.
- Media representatives are required to submit two by-lined articles within the past month that were posted on the website.
- The website must be updated at a minimum of three times a week.
FREELANCE JOURNALISTincluding photographers, must provide clear documentation that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. A valid assignment letter from that news organization, or publication, is required.
- Online publications which are communications outreach or advocacy publications of non-governmental or non-profit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation.
- Double accreditation is not permitted (press + delegate, press + NGO).
- Please do not fax or email copies of your passport, green card, visa or other personal information.
Once the request is approved, a confirmation will be sent to the email on file in the online account. You need to come in person to collect your media pass.
If you have not heard from us within 48 hours of the submission of your assignment letter, you should contact our offices: (212) 963-6934.
Credentials are initially given for a period of four months, followed by application for annual renewal. Lapses in accreditation of more than 60 days will be treated as new applications.
In accepting a U.N. Media ID Card you are agreeing to the terms of the United Nations Media Guidelines.