To help tell its stories, we encourage journalists and media organizations to participate and partner with the Congress. We will accredit representatives of authorized media organizations to enable them to develop and publish articles and stories about the congress and its activities.
Working journalists may register and attend the African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease at no cost.
Only accredited media will receive a media badge for the event. ACSCD reserves the right to accept or reject any request for media credentials, and will base such determination on the criteria below.
All media are encouraged to apply for accreditation in advance.
Print Media Outlets
Accredited print publications include newspapers, journal magazines and wire services that are:
- Recurrently published: with issues produced on a regularly scheduled basis – at least quarterly.
- Of general circulation: either available at newsstands or on a subscription basis. Newsletters that are originated and distributed solely within a corporation or organization do not meet this definition.
- Includes advertisements: supported by paid advertising or a minimum of 1,500 regular paid subscribers.
- Permanent in location: regularly issued from an established physical business address.
Acceptable job roles include: reporter, editor, columnist, writer and staff photographer.
Freelance journalists may be asked to demonstrate proof of assignment from an accredited media outlet and must present the following:
- A signed letter on company letterhead from your assignment editor confirming your assignment to cover the event
- A by-lined story appearing in a verifiable print or electronic publication dated within the last six months
Broadcast Media Outlets
Accredited broadcast media outlets include television and radio networks, stations and programs that feature public health news.
Acceptable job roles include anchors, reporters, hosts, broadcasters, editors, producers and technical professionals such as camera operators and engineers that are directly related to the production of an on-site news project.
Administrative, analyst, sales, marketing, public relations, publishing and technical job roles other than those described above do not quality as accredited media.
Online Media Outlets
Accredited online media outlets must maintain a website, homepage or blog that is primarily dedicated to publishing original news stories related to public health or more directly, sickle cell disease. The sites must be:
- Updated on a regular basis, at least weekly.
- Supported by paid advertising, paid subscriptions or in the support of an accredited print publication.
Personal, non-commercial or enthusiast websites do not qualify as accredited media.
ACSCD reserves the right to grant provisional media status to individuals who are performing photographic or journalistic tasks, as prescribed by or as officially approved by the organization.
Required Materials at Registration
If a person wishing to attend as media, the following will be required at on-site registration:
- Personal identification: government issued photo ID
- Employer identification: business card, employer ID badge, or letter of assignment on corporate letterhead.
- Proof of Assignment: sample by-lined article published within the past six months, or current masthead that includes the reporters name & title, or official letter of assignment from a media outlet.