Press badge applications are officially open.
As you might imagine, as the competition for badges gets tighter, people have concocted increasingly desperate schemes to get a press pass. And once upon a time, it wasn't all that hard to get one - but CCI has not surprisingly become more stringent about who qualifies. Below are the basic facts.
- Press includes broadcast, print, bloggers, journalists and production companies.
- A press pass gets you into all events, but it does not get you to the head of the line. It does not get you any special privileges or celebrity access.
- While you'll hear advice about setting up fake blogs and such to qualify for a press pass, CCI actually does evaluate the caliber of your press credentials.
- Change from last year: documentary crews no longer get free press badges. BUT they can apply and be offered the option to purchase them.
You can apply now through 13 December here.