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Newspaper Press IDs
Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 2:16 PM on 01.02.13
->> Hey everyone,

We're looking to make press IDs for myself and our editorial department. Our art director is going to design them.

Any idea where I can get hard-cards printed? I'm trying to have them made a bit more official-looking than make on a printer...

Thanks in advance.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 2:22 PM on 01.02.13
->> Print them on whatever paper you want. They will look just as official printed on an inkjet printer as an offset or dye-sub. It won't matter. Once printed, have the finished pieces laminated with a thick laminate. They will be more durable than printed on a heavy card stock.
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | US | Posted: 2:29 PM on 01.02.13
->> Google should be your friend on this one. I just did a search and came up with a handful of online outfits that will make badges and such with whatever design you supply them.

Also, probably overkill if you are only making a small amount, but they do make commercial-grade ID makers and such for like $2k, I think. Our security department uses them for ID's here, and I think that's what we had our photo "media" badges printed on.

Question -- does the state of California not have some sort of official press credentialing? Texas DPS used to do something like that a long while ago, as did the Dallas Co. Sheriff's department. I think neither do it any more, though, and maybe that happened out in your neck of the woods, too.

Anyway, good luck,

- gerry -
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Michael Chen, Assistant, Photographer
Saratoga | CA | USA | Posted: 2:53 PM on 01.02.13
->> G.J., I'm pretty sure that official press credentialing in the state of California is left to be regulated at a local level, e.g. you would apply for and receive something like a "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Press Credential" (in a bright and lovely visible pink) in Los Angeles.

IIRC, it is up to the individual counties to determine how credentials are handled; Los Angeles is the only place where I can remember seeing an official press credential explicitly issued and regulated by the sheriff's department.

When I was in school in L.A., our public university had its own police department which also issued press credentials for use on and around campus; we printed these on card stock, had them approved by the police department, and then laminated them ourselves.

There is also a "California Press Photographer license plate" issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. They can be applied for by filling out this application form (also used for Pearl Harbor survivors, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, etc.)

http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg17a.pdf

In the application, it says you must be "regularly employed or engaged as a press photographer or camera person for a Newspaper, News Magazine, News Gathering, Newsreel Company, [or] Television Company".
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Victor Biro, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 3:49 PM on 01.02.13
->> There is also a "California Press Photographer license plate"

Gee, this would look like a 'bulls eye' to some police in our area.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 4:12 PM on 01.02.13
->> Nic, we have been getting ours printed by www.fullidentity.com for a few years now. No complaints except a recent price increase.
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Mike Isler, Photographer, Assistant
New York | NY | US | Posted: 4:59 PM on 01.02.13
->> Heard good things about these: http://easyidcard.com/
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 6:10 PM on 01.02.13
->> Nic...

Just design a front and back the size of a business card combined side by side to print as a 4x6 photo. Print, cut apart, glue them back to back with a glue stick and have them laminated at Kinko's using luggage tag sleeves. These sleeves have a built-in precut opening for attaching to a suitcase which can be used with a lanyard instead.

If you have a lamination machine at your paper then just buy the sleeves at Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, etc. And if you don't have a lamination machine it may be cheaper to buy one than going to Kinko's if you have enough employees to make it cost effective in the long run.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 6:16 PM on 01.02.13
->> Thanks everyone. I think we found a solution.
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Patrick Fallon, Photographer, Assistant
Torrance | California | USA | Posted: 10:06 PM on 01.02.13
->> The LA County Sheriffs Dept issues credentials, the colors rotate. Green, Pink, etc.
The LAPD also issues a card.
The LA Times has their own company ID printed by the security office.
Collect them all!
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:54 AM on 01.03.13
->> "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!"
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Luke Johnson, Photographer
St.Petersburg | Fla | USA | Posted: 10:53 AM on 01.03.13
->> Chuck you can never have enough dangly badges & credentials!
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Greg Kendall-Ball, Photographer, Assistant
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 11:57 AM on 01.03.13
->> For $2, Gerry will make you some out of construction paper and his Crayolas...
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Luke Johnson, Photographer
St.Petersburg | Fla | USA | Posted: 2:27 PM on 01.03.13
->> Don't forget for $40 AI Press will make you a fancy Press Pass that gets you into all the big events!
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Marc Paulus, Photographer, Photo Editor
Las Vegas | NV | USA | Posted: 3:33 PM on 01.03.13
->> When I was staff photographer for several Calif newspapers we got credentialed from CHP and Sheriff Depts as well at local PD's.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 10:01 PM on 01.03.13
->> I recommend the IFPO.

--Mark
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Nina Zhito, Photographer
Bay Area | CA | | Posted: 11:22 PM on 01.03.13
->> CHP is out of the press credential business now... it's been a few years.
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 9:40 AM on 01.04.13
->> Just make it look clean, have a photo and a logo (DOB and some ID number). I made one on my Epson injet printer when I was in college, Laminated it, (thick Heat laminate luggage tag) and it was good. I used it as ID several times without any other form of ID with trips of president Clinton while going though the Mags with the Secret Service. But then again I buy those ID tags at Disney World when you get off the rides that say "All Access" at the bottom and wear them around with real credentials--my favorite is the one from Rock'n'Rollercoaster. If that doesn't work, I just say "These are not the Droids you are looking for, let them pass."
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Neil Turner, Photographer
Bournemouth | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 10:15 AM on 01.04.13
->> How lucky we are in the UK to have one single nationally recognised Press Card... I know that we are a much smaller country but it is a great scheme and it is independent of government, security forces and emergency service control. It really isn't often that we get something right over here!!!
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Andrew Brosig, Photo Editor, Photographer
Nacogdoches | TX | United States | Posted: 11:39 PM on 01.07.13
->> Check with your state press association. In Texas, TPA offers photo ID cards at very low cost ($5 each, I thing). They have to be ordered through the newspaper, with a photo and signature emailed in. Everyone in Texas recognizes them (except, apparently, one cop in a nearby community who said, 'I have no idea what that is and I don't care' once. Go figure.).

Anyway, don't know about the California press association, but it would be worth a call to find out.
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