Dragon Con Media Relations

September, 1 – September, 5 Atlanta, GA
2018 Dragon Con Media Application Opens March 15
Written By: Samm Douglas - Mar• 03•18

Dragon Con–the internationally known and fan convention covering film, television, literature, comics, art,. music, gaming, and pop culture –will open applications for media access on March 15, 2018.  This year’s show looks to be the most exciting Dragon Con ever with a rich list of celebrity guests, 3500 hours of programming, a new programming track dedicated to diversity, record attendance, and the most amazing cosplay in the world.

Form Will  Be Available https://www.dragoncon.org/mediarelations March 15, 2018

Dragon Con is a fan convention that invites reporters to come and explore and report on this fascinating and inclusive event. Because we are a fan event and not a media event, Dragon Con has a limited number of media badges each year. We do check each application to ensure that the reporter or photojournalist:

  • Works for an established outlet
  • Currently  is engaged with that outlet
  • Maintains an adequate distribution
  • Creates editorial content that could be considered reporting by Dragon Con Media Relations
  • Has provided details of 2017 coverage, if the reporter is returning

New Reporters Tour Meeting Sam J. Jones

Each year we see more and more applications for media access, in proportion to Dragon Con’s growth. While we would love to grant media access to all who apply, we are unable to do this. Our decision making in approving media access takes into account distribution, reputation, and quality of existing work.

Some things to consider before applying for online media:

  • We do not routinely provide media access to outlets that distribute only through social media, unless they have a massive distribution. We will consider outlets that have over 100K followers or subscribers.
  • If you have a medium to small sized organization, it is possible that not all members of your reporting team will be approved.
  • Each reporter needs a unique email address. Please do not use the same email addresses for all the reporters from your outlet.
  • We do not provide media passes to outlets that focus on creating controversial satire and comedy.
  • We will not judge the results of your reporting in most cases, but will not support abusive or mocking coverage of our attendees, guests, volunteers, or leadership. Dragon Con prides itself as a safe place for our attendees and ask reporters to respect that.
  • If you are turned down for media access, you are still free to attend Dragon Con and create your own content provided you do not block or interrupt the flow of traffic or attempt to interview Dragon Con guests.
  • If you have been declined in the past, we can still consider you if you can provide evidence of expanded growth.
  • If you represent a specific genre (gaming, Star Wars, etc), we will likely ask for input from the experts in that field including Dragon Con track directors. We will look for name recognition and reputation for quality.
  • We encourage costuming and cosplay focused media to apply early. Due to the popularity of our costuming, we usually do not approve cosplay media after mid-July.

Looking forward to seeing you at Dragon Con 2018!

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