Accreditation for those working in the media means that an association, like a government agency, military organization or corporation has verified that a reporter works for a recognized publication or media outlet. Often referred to as a press pass, it makes the journalist eligible for special access rights and treatment.
The number of press passes is limited, meaning just certain reporters gain access. With the rise of the internet and citizen journalism, there is much contention about who gets a press pass. Accreditation is currently decided by journalists from major media organizations, and tends to be limited to them. There is pressure to update the credentialing process to meet the demands and widening of the modern media.
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