We welcome select members of the media to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) events and look forward to helping you with any media requests. Our goal is to ensure PPAI events run smoothly for everyone concerned - attendees, organizers, film crew and all attending media. Please make sure that you read the following media accreditation requirements. The decision to issue media credentials is at the sole discretion of PPAI.
To request PRESS CREDENTIALS, please sign the application and return to PR@ppai.org.
Media representatives must register first with the PPAI Public Relations office. All media covering the event(s) are required to check-in immediately at the designated “media” room each day, and must be accompanied at all times by a PPAI Public Relations staff member when shooting inside the venue or at one of the affiliate hotels. Shooting schedules and on-camera interview requests must be provided in writing in advance to ensure PPAI staff availability. As a courtesy to presenters, television and video crews, photographers, and radio reporters must obtain permission from the speaker and moderator before recording or filming an interview. Public Relations staff will assist in obtaining permission to the extent possible. Media may not photograph or videotape any exhibit booth without the permission of the exhibitor and PPAI. This includes use of camera phones, personal digital cameras and other handheld devices. Many exhibits are proprietary.
Credentials are distributed on an as-available basis to journalists of recognized news outlets who are on assignment to cover the event and/or PPAI. Journalists must represent recognized daily or weekly newspapers; news services; recognized publications and outlets that regularly cover the specific event or the promotional products industry; recognized national/regional radio and television networks; local radio and television stations; and/or recognized internet sites. In each case, this is determined by PPAI at its sole discretion.
Registration fees for working press are waived. Members of the media may cover event(s) free of charge from the designated press seating area; however, meals are not included.
To receive a press badge, working journalists must provide photo identification and supporting documents such as a business card, letter of assignment and published samples of bylined work, preferably stories relating to promotional products within the last six months. All freelance journalists must provide a letter of assignment on company letterhead from an editor of a recognized news organization certifying they are covering PPAI for the organization. They also must sign a form confirming that the images taken will only be used for that specific publication and for that specific story.
Media must identify themselves and clearly display and wear the accreditation badge at all times. *If a media pass is lost or stolen, pass holder MUST immediately report it to the media registration desk in the designated PPAI media room.
Credential applications and approved credentials to cover individual PPAI events are available upon request. Media credentials should be requested in advance.
Security checkpoints and procedures have been implemented for the safety and protection of all. Accredited media are expected to cooperate with the procedures and requirements implemented for access to the media, photographer and broadcast areas. Media access will vary by event and venue, and the media rules of the respective PPAI event must be followed.
Access to PPAI events and exhibitions, public spaces and the designated PPAI media room is according to published access locations and hours of operation for each event.
- A limited number of seats are assigned for media.
- Still photographers have designated photographer’s areas.
- Still photographers, video and film crews will be allowed to establish shots for a period of 10 minutes from the aisle between rows. After this time, cameras must move to designated areas.
- Still photographers are limited to the camera positions located on the side of the rooms.
- Broadcast and film camera positions are limited to the designated areas.
- In certain instances, access may be limited or increased. In addition, PPAI (or its assigned), the official photographer(s) are the only official photographers that will be allowed to take pictures from all positions of events, rooms and exhibit floor.
- During formal or ceremonial events, cell phones, radios and pagers must be silenced and media must remain in place until a scheduled break occurs or event ends unless other arrangements have been made with the PPAI Public Relations office.
- Interviewing a speaker or attendee(s) in the event room is not permitted unless prior arrangements have been made.
- Parking is to be arranged by the media. Advance notice is required for special parking needs.
Media have access depending on specific permission granted for particular interviews or visits.* The terms of access to any PPAI events, meetings and exhibits will be determined by the event organizer on a case-by-case basis.
Based on space requirements, PPAI reserves the right to limit the number of press badges issued to a single media organization. PPAI does not issue press badges to: publishers or a publication’s advertising, marketing, public relations or sales representatives; publishers, editors or reporters from house organs or promotional publications; public relations staff of exhibitors or educational institutions; writers creating analyses or reports sold as a commodity to customers; educational program developers; or other individuals or their representatives who are not actually reporting on the event, meeting or exhibition.
No solicitation whatsoever. Any credentialed badge holder, who sells, markets or represents a company or organization for the purpose of obtaining advertising or subscriptions from any meeting registrant or exhibitor immediately forfeits press credentials.
Press credentials are not transferrable. Journalists who swap or share passes risk being banned from the event.
Open from 10 am – 5:30 pm (confirm prior to event)
Organizations can apply to the PPAI Public Relations office for permission to use the designated media room for press briefings.
- Press briefings must be reserved 10 business days in advance of scheduled event, meeting or exhibition.
- Organizations are responsible for all A/V equipment and room setup and tear down.
Each individual is responsible for his/her personal property. PPAI and/or the facility operator are not responsible for theft or damage to items left unattended.
Written interview requests are to be submitted to the PPAI Public Relations office by e-mail to Kim R. Todora, Public Relations Manager at KimT@ppai.org. Note that for all interview requests, the following must be provided:
- Name of the journalist and media making the request and local contact information, including cell phone and e-mail;
- List of indicative questions;
- Proposed time(s); and
- Length of the interview
PPAI requires that all media reporting on PPAI events (press, radio, television and bloggers) give the event host PPAI prominent recognition in their coverage of the event.
For print media coverage, this would include clearly crediting the event host Promotional Products Association International in the first mention of the event within the piece, using "Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).”
- For bloggers reporting live from PPAI events, this would include clearly crediting event host PPAI in the first mention each day, stating "Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).”
- For video coverage this would include prominently mentioning "Promotional Products Association International (PPAI)” during the video.
- It is not sufficient to just use the PPAI logo. The host must be mentioned within the body of all material. This includes all reports which are using information supplied by PPAI - even if journalists are not accredited to the event or attending the event.
- The trademark policies must be followed with regards to the use of the PPAI logo. For full details of the trademark policies, please see www.ppai.org/press.
Television (video and audio) signals for the event, meeting or exhibition are the responsibility of the media.
Television, Radio & Internet Rights
PPAI owns the rights to originate live coverage from PPAI events, meetings and exhibitions, and these rights may have been awarded to a broadcast or cable network and/or an internet provider. Subject to the limitations previously outlined, non-rights-holding local radio, television stations, networks and internet providers are encouraged to cover PPAI events with the following limitations.
- PPAI retains all rights in and to the filming, taping, recording in any media now or hereafter known, still footage/photography, radio or television broadcasting or reproduction in any manner or form thereof of any PPAI-sanctioned event. Any non-local news outlets must first get written approval from the PPAI Public Relations office before it can shoot footage at any PPAI-sanctioned event.
- Some PPAI events are televised/simulcast, and for those sessions, access may be limited.
- Any TV/radio broadcaster who does not comply with the above regulations will, without warning, have his/her accreditation withdrawn for the remainder of the event and may be banned by PPAI from covering future events.
- For local, regional and national TV news coverage, coverage of PPAI events shall not exceed three minutes in length in the daily aggregate and must be a part of a regularly scheduled newscast. Only taped footage may be included in these reports. The outlet may not purport to show live coverage from a PPAI event unless approved in advance in writing by PPAI. Segment requests exceeding three minutes must be submitted in writing 10 business days in advance of event.
- Local credentialed TV outlets may broadcast live from PPAI events, as long as the broadcast does not include action from inside the event, meeting or exhibition (which is covered above).
- The use of tripods is limited, based on available space. At no time will camera crews be allowed to impede the flow of attendees during any event.
- Television and video cameras are not allowed on the exhibition floor, with the exception of the pre-scheduled and PPAI escorted media.
- PPAI owns the rights to all recorded coverage of its events, whether it airs on a national, regional, local, digital or electronic network or channel. Such broadcast outlets will provide PPAI with copies of their coverage upon request.
- Radio, internet or recorded (audio or video) coverage may not purport to be live from the event unless this has been approved in writing and arranged in advance with the PPAI Public Relations office.
Only accredited photographers may shoot at a PPAI sanctioned event.
- Freelance photographers will not be accredited without proof of assignment for a specific media outlet and without signing an agreement for limiting usage of the images to the specified assignment.
- Only PPAI photographers are allowed to shoot on the exhibition floor. Exception requests must be submitted in advance and approved by PPAI Public Relations office.
- Photographers must shoot from designated photo areas. Exceptions must be approved in advance and escorted by PPAI Public Relations staff.
- Equipment guidelines. Cameras should be an SLR or DSLR, with an appropriate lens to capture the action from an appropriate distance that eliminates the chance of the photographer impacting the conduct of the event. Photographers shooting the event are required to use equipment sufficient for obtaining high-quality images at a respectable distance.
- Commercial photography is prohibited unless it has received prior approval from the PPAI Public Relations office and the proper clearances made.
- Any secondary non-editorial or commercial use of any picture, film or drawing is prohibited without prior consent of PPAI and the individual(s) or organization(s).
- All pictures must be taken at an appreciable distance, as far from the action as possible, and from angles that are not in the direct line of sight for the audiences or participants.
- Photographers who do not comply fully with the above regulations may, without warning, have their credentials withdrawn for the remainder of the event(s) and could be banned by PPAI from attending future events.
Use of Facilities
Use of media workstations in media room is on a first-come-first-served basis and there is no reserving the facilities. PPAI staff will manage these work spaces.
Public relations representatives may enter the designated PPAI media room to hand materials to the PPAI staff.
All materials distributed in the PPAI media room during events must relate to the content and purpose of the PPAI forum, and the material must be reviewed and approved by PPAI. Exhibitors are not PPAI spokespersons and should not be identified as such in an interview.
Information about latest event and activities, lists of press conferences, meeting programming and side-events will also be posted in the pressroom.
The PPAI Expo Only. The Promotional Products Association International Media Lounge located on Level Two in the Reef D room offers work spaces with tables and chairs to the accredited media. A networked computer and printer are also available free of charge in the PPAI Media Lounge. Internet access is also available in the PPAI Media Lounge. For detailed information about media facilities and services offered, please contact the Public Relations office at KimT@ppai.org.
Media may be added to the media mailing list by emailing Kim R. Todora at KimT@ppai.org. Alternatively, when the media accreditation process begins, media will have an opportunity to sign up for this service.
PPAI Press Room: www.ppai.org/press
The PPAI Expo: www.theppaiexpo.com
Any accredited media who is deemed disorderly, who fails to comply with any of the foregoing requirements, or any set forth by PPAI officials, and all security measures, will have their media pass taken away for the entire event and future PPAI events and may be asked to leave the event.
Notwithstanding any other provision herein, this credential is a courtesy to bearer only and creates no economic or other legally recognized interest in the bearer and this credential may be denied or may be revoked at any time for any reason or no reason in the sole and absolute discretion of Promotional Products Association International, or any agent or employee working on PPAI’s behalf.
To request PRESS CREDENTIALS, please sign the application and return to PR@ppai.org.