We are delighted to welcome media and photographers to the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Detailed information for media and photographer accreditation is explained below.
Media and Photographer Accreditation
Media Accreditation is strictly reserved for established members of the media¹ including: print media, radio, television, film, news agencies that fully meet the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s accreditation requirements. All media must comply with the Festival’s Media and Photographer Guidelines.
Photographer Accreditation is strictly reserved for photographers who satisfy the criteria set out below under the heading photographer who qualifies for a photographer pass². All photographers must comply with the Festival’s Media and Photographer Guidelines.
The Ottawa Jazz Festival reserves the right to determine the number of media and photographers accredited to cover the Festival and also reserves the right to refuse, suspend or cancel an accreditation at any time and without explanation. In the event of such refusal, suspension or cancellation no claim may be brought against the Festival.
Members of non-established media may be granted accreditation at the discretion of the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s Marketing Director on an individual basis.
Individuals representing entities disseminating reports, photographs or other commentary with respect to the Festival or jazz music generally over the Internet exclusively, may be granted accreditation on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of the Festival. Such accredited individuals shall be required to comply with the content of the Media and Photographer Guidelines in addition to any other guidelines as may be set by the Festival.
Accreditation will be granted upon the following criteria and are subject to the Marketing Director’s approval:
- submit a completed Accreditation Form
- submit a letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization signed by the Publisher, Assignment Editor, Editor-in-chief or Bureau Chief, specifying the name and functional title of the journalist. Complete contact information must be included. Unsigned letters or e-mails will not be accepted.
- photocopy of a valid press card/work pass
Submit the Accreditation Form together with a letter of assignment from your Editor/Bureau Chief and a photocopy of your valid professional press card to:
613-241-2633 x 102
Media and High-res Photo Inquiries
613-241-2633 x 102
¹The Ottawa Jazz Festival defines “established media” as:
- having an existing reputation within the local, national or international community for news coverage including critical reviews, editorials, commentary, etc. – using primarily accredited journalists³ who are recognized as such by their peers and the public
- news outlets that employ journalists and freelancers to complete their mission to report the news
- certain Internet sites may fall within this definition
- individual blogs and ezines may not apply within the ‘established media’ category.
²A photographer who qualifies for a photographer pass is someone who:
- is recognized as such by peers
- has a history of photographing news stories and events for established media
- has been assigned by his/her employer to photograph the Festival
- is an established freelance photographer approved by the Marketing Director (must sign an individual agreement with the Festival)
³An accredited journalist who qualifies for a media pass is someone who:
- has received specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as such by peers (publishers, assignment editors and journalists working in the same profession or is a member of a recognized association)
- has a history of reporting for established media
- has been assigned by his/her employer to cover and/or review the Festival
- is an established freelance reporter