Media Accreditation Policy
Media accreditation for all of our events is intended for journalists working for legitimate and relevant media outlets. This can be validated by providing Hashtag Sports with proof of recently published work.
Media accreditation aims to provide working journalists with the tools required to report on the event and its content and participants. Hashtag Sports will provide accredited media with exclusive access to interview its participants and share high-quality material to be covered. It is expected that media accreditation holders credit Hashtag Sports as their source.
Media accreditation will not be provided to marketing, advertising or public relations firms, consultants or advisors, market researchers, brand content producers, employees of corporate content marketing, or social media teams, nor will it be provided to non-editorial employees of legitimate media outlets such as account managers and marketing or business development executives.
However, media accreditation does not exclude freelancers, contributors, analysts, filmmakers, crew, influencers, bloggers, YouTubers, or podcasters. These roles will be subject to a more extensive assessment, however, and more information will be required during the application process, including but not limited to the following:
- Proof of recent work with a legitimate media outlet.
- Proof of assignment by a legitimate media outlet.
- Proof of covering Hashtag Sports events in the past.
- Proof of coverage plans for the upcoming event you are applying for.
- Proof of pre-coverage for the upcoming event you are applying for.
Hashtag Sports monitors coverage published by all attending media to ensure coverage plans and assignments are delivered as proposed. Those with no proof of coverage may be declined media accreditation for any future conferences.
Legitimate media outlets include publications or broadcasters that provide news and feature stories to the public through various distribution channels, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, pdocasts, and a range of online mediums.
For any content generated or published by accredited media for which Hashtag Sports was the source, it is expected that Hashtag Sports be acknowledged or made reference to in some manner along with a hyperlink to the Hashtag Sports website as a source.
Hashtag Sports takes the stance that freedom of expression is a fundamental right within the United States and is a basic cornerstone of any democratic society. In terms of what we accept when it comes to deeming outlets as suitable, anything in line with both US legislation and our own policies is considered acceptable.
Gaining media accreditation is subject to assessment and approval by Hashtag Sports. We reserve the right to approve or deny accreditation via the online application process.
Hashtag Sports also retains the right to cancel any media accreditation at their discretion and at any time. This includes revoking invitations made by Hashtag Sports. Grounds for cancellation cover anyone with media accreditation who has had a change in circumstances and no longer meets the above criteria or standards held by Hashtag Sports.