Media and Press Application

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Media Terms and Guidelines

Please read through the policies outlined in this document before applying for press at Dream Con 2021.


Qualified Press Applicants Must:

  • Be age 17 or older - we do allow student journalists with approval from their school’s advisor or sponsor
  • Provide identification such as state ID/ driver's license, passport, visa or school ID
  • Provide previous media or press related work


Minimum Requirements for Press**:

  • Media outlet/organization must have been established for at least 2 years
  • Active on at least 1 social media platform
  • 500 fans, likes, or followers for the applicant’s social media platform or 5,000 unique monthly hits
  • Content directly promoting Dream Con within 60 days of the convention

**Exemption

Youtubers with 15,000 subscribers or an average view count of 5,000 may apply for press.


Benefits:

  • A 3-day badge for each member of your press team (maximum 4, individual YouTubers will only receive 1), which allows you access to all events, panels, and tournaments within the convention
  • Priority access to main events and panels
  • Access to the press lounge for private guest interviews


Limitations:

  • All press members must follow Dream Con’s policies and procedures at all time
  • Press badges do NOT provide free accommodations, travel or food
  • Press badges do NOT provide priority treatment for autograph sessions
  • Press badges must be picked up on-site by each member of your team


Application Process

Applications are due Friday, April 30th, 2021. Outlets or organizations who miss this date will not receive press badges.

All applicants will undergo a background check and screening process, which may require additional information from the respective outlet. Applicants are not guaranteed a press spot and are subjected to rejection at any time.


Interview Procedures

Registered press must request either a 30 or 60-minute interview session with official Dream Con Guests by Monday, May 31st, 2021. Interview requests will be arranged and moderated by Dream Con’s Press department; however, interviews are not guaranteed and are subject to cancellation at any time. Only registered press may request a session.


Guest Interviews:

Registered press members are required to arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled session. Interviews will begin promptly, and late members will not be granted admission. Keep the interview cordial and professional for the entirety of the session. A press staffer will monitor the interview session from start to finish.


Informal Interviews:

Informal interviews do NOT require a press badge and can be conducted without the need for Dream Con’s Press department. You may interview anyone at the convention except official Dream Con guests. Dream Con’s Press Department will not enforce the press code of conduct on informal interviews; however, you must still follow all rules and regulations including federal and state laws. If a press room is available, you may request to use it by contacting Dream Con’s Press Department.


# Prohibited Actions

The following actions are PROHIBITED:

  • Sexualized photography (PG 13 or under)
  • Photographs, video or audio recordings of industry panels
  • Photographs/video or audio recordings without consent


Press Code of Conduct

  • Registered press must follow all rules and policies of both Dream Con and the Waco Convention Center.
  • Treat all Dream Con staff and con-goers with respect
  • Comply with all rules and regulations established by Dream Con’s Press department and management of Dream Con’s official guests
  • Follow all policies outlined within Dream Con’s Code of Conduct
  • Abide by any and all Federal and State laws


After Dream Con

To maintain good standing, Dream Con requires its previous press members to post coverage of the event. Coverage must be posted within 2 months after attending Dream Con.


Press Hours

  • Friday, June 4th: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 5th: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 6th: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the press department via email at info@dreamconvention.com


Press members who violate any of the outlined policies on this page will have their badges revoked immediately.