To receive press credentials to cover Otakon, applicants must first pass a screening process, based on information about planned coverage, examples of previous Otakon coverage or coverage of similar events, a valid press pass (if applicable) and photo I.D., and other information as requested by Otakon Press Relations staff. Applicants should keep in mind that, just because a given reporter or organization was approved in a prior year does not guarantee credentials for the current year. Otakon does not provide press passes to cosplay photographers or online photo galleries.
Each approved organization will receive up to two complimentary press badges to attend the convention. Extra comp badges and press credentials will be provided only to those applicants that can provide a demonstrated need for more. All press badges are comped and must be obtained through the Press Registration process. Press access will not be given to any individuals who are not approved for a comped press badge.
The window for registration and exact procedures will be announced on the Otakon web site. Registrations at the door can only be made for exceptional circumstances by the Head of Press.
Receipt of press credentials provides the following privileges:
Press credentials are subject to the following limitations:
Failure to comply with the Press policies as well as Otakon policies may result in revocation of Press Badge(s).
Interviews with official Otakon guests must be requested and arranged through Otakon Press Relations staff. Only registered members of Press may request interviews with official Otakon guests. Interviews will be arranged as guest availability allows; simply requesting an interview does not guarantee that one will be arranged.
Otakon staff works with guests, their publicists and managers, and their industry reps to schedule the guests' time. This policy is necessary to avoid scheduling conflicts.
Ad hoc interviews with general members, dealers, and people other than guests and industry do not require Otakon Press Relations approval. In the event you wish to conduct such interviews in one of the available press rooms, you will need to coordinate the space reservation with us.
Registered members of Press are reminded to conduct themselves in a professional manner when acting in a press capacity. Professional behavior includes but is not limited to: showing respect to Otakon guests, staff and other participants; showing up early for scheduled interviews or press events, or notifying Otakon Press Relations staff of any delays; arriving prepared to conduct scheduled interviews; obeying the moderator's rules for any press conferences and complying to all photo restrictions, as conveyed by Otakon staff or by the guests themselves.
Since guests' time is limited, registered members of Press are asked to refrain from requesting autographs or personal photos with guests at the close of an interview. Photos of guests to accompany coverage are sometimes allowed, subject to the convenience of guests and to time constraints. All such photos must be prearranged at the time of scheduling the interview.