Requirements for First Time Applicants
1. Register and submit request (each applicant requires individual account)
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 current, and include a) the duration of the assignment, b) verifiable information regarding the reach of the media (print circulation, radio/television audience, digital audiences (web site, social media). 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 COMPANIES
must 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.
must submit six (6) by-lined articles published within the past 12 months, and a copy of the publication.
RADIO AND TV MEDIAmust submit six (6) reports broadcast within the past 12 months. Media 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.
must submit six (6) original tear sheets or photos with credits of the issuing organization in the past 12 months.
Subject to all other criteria, online media may include news outlets, blogs, vlogs and others and 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 percent original news content or commentary or analysis, including coverage of international or U.N. related issues.
- Media representatives are required to submit six (6) by-lined articles within the past 12 months 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.
- Publications/outlets 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).
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. Review could take longer leading up to and during special events.
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.