Naka-Kon is happy to welcome members of the press, including news reporters, student reporters, bloggers, podcasters, and more, to the convention. We also welcome content creators (including, but not limited to photographers and videographers) who want to include Naka-Kon in their projects.
Members of the press (including student reporters) are eligible for free press badges as well as free weekend badges. Creators may receive a free press badge so long as they purchase a weekend badge. Creators with press badges enjoy the same perks and privileges as members of the press, including access to guest interviews.
Members of the press should apply for badges before February 9, 2018. This gives us time to review the application and, if approved, arrange interviews with guests. Applications received after the deadline may be approved at our discretion, time permitting.
All press requests are at the sole discretion of Naka-Kon and are not guaranteed to be approved. Members of the press and creators who receive badges are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
Attendees: Members of the press may set up and conduct interviews in common areas with the consent of the attendees, provided they are not disruptive to attendees or the convention. Access Control or building security may request that members of the press conduct their interviews in another location if the current location impedes traffic.
Guests: All interview requests for guests are subject to approval from the guest management team. If your interview is approved, we will contact you with further information. Guest interviews will be arranged prior to the convention.
Staff of Naka-Kon: Interviews with Volunteers and Staff are disallowed. Directors, ConComs, Site Staff and the Board of Directors are granted only on a case by case basis.
Any press coverage must not interfere with the operation of panels. If you wish to take photographs at or record a panel, you must obtain permission from the panelists. A press badge does not guarantee you entry to a panel, nor does it provide you early entry, as many attendees line up in advance to gain entry into some of our most popular panels. If you are interested in covering a panel, you may line up in the queue with other attendees. A press badge is not a substitute for a valid photo ID, which must be shown at all 18+ and 21+ panels.
Press badge holders are exempt from the fees associated with paid events (Lolita tea, maid café, charity ball, saké tastings), provided they are attending the event to provide coverage and NOT to participate. You do not need to be there when the doors open for these events, but your entry must not cause a disruption. This is at the discretion of Access Control Director, or the event’s coordinator.
Press badge holders are also welcome to cover non-paid events that are not panels. These may include music performances and dance parties, the cosplay competition runway event, charity events, and Kon Events relating to the interactive storyline. If you are interested in the musical performances or dance parties, you must indicate as such by contacting the Press Coordinator at the email address listed below.
All members of press are subject to the same rules and policies as convention attendees, including dress codes and harassment policies. Violation of any of these rules is grounds for revoking of a press badge/convention badge and potential blacklisting from future events. Press badge holders must wear their weekend badges at all times in the convention space; if you are off-duty you are not obligated to wear your press badge, but please make sure you have it while filming, taking photographs, or conducting interviews.
Members of the press who abuse badge privileges in any way may have their press badges revoked and may not be eligible to receive badges at future conventions. If such an abuse occurs,convention committee members, or the Press Coordinator have the authority to revoke press badges and blacklist members of the press.
Naka-Kon reserves the right to pursue removal or modification of Press content that is in violation of these rules, infringes on our rights, or would expose Naka-Kon to legal action. Naka-Kon reserves the right to escalate these pursuits to official takedown notices, Cease and Desist documentation, or other actions as appropriate. Naka-Kon guarantees, however, that your content will not be policed for opinions, and urges you to share honest feedback and thoughts on the convention and it’s events.
Naka-Kon reserves the right to use small, selected quotes (in appropriate context as to not change the intent of the quote) or to share work (such as YouTube videos) resulting from Press access in social media channels, as well as to a limited extent in our advertising. Naka-Kon claims no ownership over your content.
Questions about press guidelines or other matters may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.