Media Credentials Application
Media representatives and church communicators must complete and submit an application to receive media credentials for the 2020 United Methodist General Conference. Credentials must be requested for each representative of a media outlet, including photographers. An email confirmation will be sent acknowledging receipt of your credential request. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified as quickly as possible whether your request has been approved.
The newsroom is reserved for working press only. Media credentials are required to receive access to the newsroom, media seating, and news briefings. To be accredited, individuals must represent a recognized news organization such as a newspaper, wire service, television or radio station, magazine, online media outlet, or must serve as a communicator for a United Methodist general agency, annual conference or other church entity. For annual conference communicators, one representative from each annual conference will be designated by the conference to receive credentials that permit photo access to the delegate seating area. Others may obtain limited access to the main floor for photography purposes with photo passes that may be reserved in the newsroom.
Credentialed media are expected to comply with all guidelines. Failure to do may result in loss of media credentials.
Applicants may submit a request for credential online no later than April 22 (or on-site throughout the General Conference). All credentials, including those that are pre-approved, will be issued on-site at the General Conference registration desk in the Minneapolis Convention Center. At on-site check-in, applicants will be asked to provide a press ID or letter from the organization’s management or other proof of status.
Anyone who receives credentials does so with the understanding that they may not participate in demonstrations or serve as a lobbyist for any organization. Credentialed media may not act as spokespersons or give interviews within the newsroom area.
According to the rules of the General Conference, “no electronic recording by either video or audio may be made of any portion of the General Conference unless specifically authorized by the Business Manager of the General Conference in order to maintain the integrity of all performance licenses.”