The US Press Association is new in comparison to the Mega Media Conglomerates that exist today, but those large, mainstream media outlets once had humble beginnings. The US Press Association unofficially began in 1999 and the company US Press Association Inc. was officially formed in 2001.
The US Press Association was started in an effort to leverage rights, privileges and accessibility of freelancers with that of the more well know networks and main stream media outlets.
The concept of having strength in numbers was the underlying theme and vision for the organization. The Freelance Press Association was started that same year, but has since merged with the US Press Association. Some of the earliest members of the US Press Association were able to access and report from venues, events and scenes of breaking news that were once commonly restricted for freelance journalist.
Recognizing the importance that "NEW MEDIA" was going to have on the world we live in, the US Press Association had and still has the vision that freelance journalists of all types need an outlet for their stories "YOUR STORIES", and an organization that will be there to help and support them every step of the way.
Members are free to submit stories, photos, video and other forms of media for website submission. Having the member ID, 24/7 online and phone confirmation of membership along with having a profile listed in the USPA database help to increase odds of maximizing the impact of the news event members want to cover by being granted certain privileges.
One point that needs to be clear is that the US Press Association does not give out "press passes", some sites make this claim and it is false!. What we do for our members is issue a US Press Association Press ID, "Press Credentials".
This ID clearly identifies you as a member of our organization and your profile information is able to be verified in our domestic or international database of journalists.
What the US Press Association will do is "help our members acquire press/media passes" to various venues, events etc. We often serve as a liaison between our members and event coordinators, venues or directors. We also issue members assignment letters to various news events, places, venues.
Beware of deception, other sites calling themselves USPA!
We are THE USPA
Don't subject you or your computer to the risk of some of these websites. Many of these illegitimate sites are full or malware, spyware and trojan horses that can severely damage your computer, compromise your online safety and contribute to identity theft. Worst of all they prey on the aspirations of both freelancers and professionals alike with their slickly produced websites and webs of fake agencies and publications, but we urge you not to be deceived by some of the offers that are out there. In this day and age it is easy to fall for misinformation and scams that are available on slickly produced websites. Try to contact or call these websites, if you can find a number.
One way to help distinguish these fake sites is their use of stock photography throughout the site.
One site uses an image of a so called "reporter" standing just steps away from Air Force One to give the impression that one of their so called "reporters" was able to obtain this level of access.
Do your research too! Track where YOUR MONEY is going!
You may be surprised to find where your money will be headed, and maybe more surprised to discover it's not even in the United States. If you choose to obtain one of the many so called "Press Passes" that are being sold simply to attempt gaining backstage access to a concert, or attempt to interview a celebrity let us offer you a better solution, "Join the US Press Association".
Unlike fake websites and bogus agencies, we WILL make every effort to help you in a genuine pursuit to cover a great story or event. We offer the support you need, and answer the questions you may have.
Become part of a legitimate movement, a legitimate organization.
We are a member and volunteer based organization and we are passionate about news and media, and we want to help YOU in any way we can.
IF YOU ARE A PROSPECTIVE MEMBER OR SEEKING INFORMATION, FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR TOLL FREE NUMBER OR USE OUR LIVE ONLINE CHAT SUPPORT.