Reporters and representatives of media outlets who are interested in covering Anime USA may be eligible for Press Passes. A Press Pass allows members of the press to enter the convention without paying a fee, to receive early entrance and preferred seating at some events, and attend conferences and conduct interviews with Anime USA Guests.
To qualify for an Anime USA Press Pass, applicants must first pass a screening process based on planned coverage and previous work. Please send an email to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with samples of past work and coverage plans for Anime USA. A Facebook “Note” is not an acceptable form of press coverage for Anime USA.
Eligible applicants will be notified through email and added to our official Press list. Once notified, press members can expect to pick up their passes on Friday of the convention with the presentation of a photo ID.
Q. I am a student reporter. Am I still qualified for a press pass?
A. You are definitely eligible to apply. We started out as journalism students, too!
Q. I write for a personal blog or website but I cover anime and conventions and update frequently. Am I eligible?
A. Active blogs will be considered. Make sure to include a link to your website in your email to us. A Facebook page is not considered an active blog. If you do not have a website in addition to a social media site such Facebook or Tumblr, you will not qualify.
Q. I am a photographer/filmmaker. Am I qualified for a press pass?
A. Yes, Press Passes are for every medium of journalism.
Q. What does a Press Pass get me?
A. A Press Pass grants a member of the press access to the Anime USA convention. Unfortunately, interviews with Guests are not guaranteed. As a courtesy to our Guests, we keep their interviews limited. Also, though members of the press receive a free pass to the convention, they must still arrange their own rooms, food, and travel.
Q. How do interviews with domestic Guests work?
A. After you are approved for press, we will send you an email to ask which Guests you are interested in interviewing. After that, we’ll add you to our interview schedule. You’ll find out when your Guest interviews are scheduled a few weeks before the convention.
Q. How do interviews with foreign Guests work?
A. Please send any questions for overseas Guests 14 days before the start of the convention for our translators and theirs to prepare. This is not only to ensure proper translation but as a nod to culture differences.
Q. I was approved for Anime USA press. Where do I pick up my badge on Friday?
A. Ask a staff member for directions to our Convention Operations (ConOps) area. An Anime USA Press Liaison will be present or reachable by cell phone from this point.