PPA Press Cards
You do not need to ask permission from anyone to be a journalist in Britain. However, it is sometimes useful to be able to identify yourself as a Journalist when needed. There is a scheme authorised and approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland which issues Press Cards for newsgatherers. There are sixteen groups (known as Gatekeepers) who issue these cards on behalf of the organising committee. For a full list visit www.presscard.uk.com. PPA is one of the sixteen and covers the UK magazine industry and associated areas of publishing. PPA Press Cards are one of the services provided to our publisher membership, and PPA cards will only be issued to their staff or freelancers or other suppliers sponsored and approved by a member.
Cards are for newsgatherers - sales and PR personnel are not eligible.
All the cards are identical except for the issuing group’s logo in the top right hand corner, and contain the sponsoring company name, the holder’s name and job title, expiry date, serial number and a photograph.
Applying for a PPA Press Card
Application forms are available here, and we need a photograph and a cheque for £11.75 (inc VAT).
Use of Press Cards
Complaints about the system or refusals to supply a card should be made to the Gatekeeper causing the problem, and these will be discussed at the next meeting of the co-ordinating committee, which meets quarterly.
Please remember that you do not need a Press Card to work as a journalist. A letter of introduction from your editor on headed paper will suffice in many cases, and several of the Gatekeepers are trade unions who will be happy to welcome individuals.
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