At the time of writing the original Article:
Approximately $80 to $180 can buy you a very official looking Press Pass, Car Sticker, Letter of Introduction for specific events, Web Space to ‘Play’ Journalist etc being used to gain access to Events
2) Employer – NOT required. Proof of Experience and/or Skill – NOT Required (Can have ZERO Exp’ in Photography & Journalism).
3) Proof of Identity – NOT Required (Can use any Name, DoB, Address etc)
4) Journalistic or Photographic Skill/Credibility – NOT required and NOT validated.
5) (ANYONES – friend what ever) Valid Email required and (ANYONES – friend – neighbour – what ever)
6) Postal REQUIRED – to send confirmation and press pass and documents to. This can be ANYONES. – Literally!
8) MANY of these and Similar organisations allow you to:
a) host a web site and ‘play’ journalist and
b) your ‘articles’ can be completely plagiarised with some one else’s text,
c) use images that are stolen / not yours etc – NO CHECKING IS MADE of Journalistic / Photographic Integrity etc …
d) You can LITERALLY … Cut and Paste from other Peoples work (100%) and Use Other Peoples Images (100%) – there is NO Checking!
e) You need no skill, integrity, honesty, morales or Photojournalistic Skills to be a Press Pass holder from places like this!
f) http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/ – Copy and Paste text in there from these Frauds and You will see the results SHOULD CONCERN YOU! A FRAUD – almost 100%.
9)in SIMPLE TERMS …
Example 1: https://www.unitedstatespressagency.com/en/become-a-member-step-2.html – Click on link & try the process yourself – up to the point of paying 🙂 …
Example 2: https://www.ia-pp.com/register.html – Click on link & try the process yourself – up to the point of paying 🙂 …
10) Make sure that your event Security / Event Media Accreditation people / Members of Parliament at your events are aware of persons who carry these or similar purchased ‘Press Passes’ … to try and gain entry.
11) The articles published are made to look successful with PAID Likes / Views and PAID Shares – All made to look to look like it is actually being read / viewed / or popular!