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::: International Press Association - Frequently Asked Questions :::
 
This is the place to find answers to most of your questions about IPA and membership issues. Once you become a member, you will find another FAQ section in the Members Only Area that will deal with questions related to members issues. Please remember to check our Forums area which will enable you to ask questions about anything not covered by our FAQ's sections.
 

 

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  Questions answered on this page
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What is IPA and how did it begin its operations?  
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What are some of the goals of IPA?  
3
What are my dues used for?  
4
I understand Gold and Platinum members qualify for freelance IPA Press ID, what does this mean?  
5
How do I use my IPA Credentials for access to events, shows, attractions, etc.?  
6
Will I be able to publish my work on the IPA web site?  
7
What is the difference between a Freelance Press ID and a Working Press ID?  
8
If I have an IPA Press Pass can I be guaranteed to get Press access and will IPA verify that I am on assignment?  
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I understand that some attractions, shows, etc. will offer the press complementary or discount passes is this true?  
10
Can I sell my work to other publications or do I have to offer my work to IPA?  
11
What type of Membership Discounts and Benefits can I get as a member in IPA?  
12
How can I get in touch with other IPA members?  
13
I would like to cross link to from my companies web site, or have my companies product reviewed, how do I do this?  
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Does IPA need volunteers to help work on the IPA web site?  
1
What is IPA and how did it begin its operations?
 

IPA was formed in 1991 and is a duly registered Limited Liability Corporation in the state of New Jersey. IPA was originally created as an organization to bring professional and amateur photographers together to take part in regional hands on seminars and workshops. The workshops were designed to improve photographic skills while offering members discounts, benefits and a chance to see their work published in IPA newsletters and publications.

The concept and ownership of IPA came from Leonard Rapoport, who is the current IPA founder and president. Mr. Rapoport has vast business and photographic experience and has been the President of a number of other corporations including; MTI Group a marketing and web site consulting firm. He currently owns a number of photo related web sites including IPA and hiresroyaltyfreephotos.com.

Mr. Rapoport is an internationally published photographer and author. He is a retired commissioned officer in the US Army National Guard. With over 30 years of creative, sales and marketing skills, Mr. Rapoport was a key player in the building of a number of public and private corporations. He was the President of Movie Tee's, a company that supplied many video manufacturers with licensed movie related products when this market was in its infancy. He has spent his life shooting photos of many subjects including celebrities like Neil Diamond as well as other diverse subjects including a trip to the Amazon Jungle. He is a leader and an innovator and is well suited for his role as President of IPA.

IPA has no affiliations with any other organization bearing our name and is not a news service as some people often think.
 

 
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What are some of the goals of IPA?
 

Having an unbiased international platform to showcase talent was one of the keys to this new organization (the web has given us that platform). Bringing talent together to exchange thoughts and ideas was another. This web site will offer the amateur or professional photographer, videographer or journalist a place to show their work and gather the information they will need to market news worthy material and meet others that have the same goals and interests.

Through important links to international publications, news media and links to information contributed by other IPA members, members will have a single source to help them succeed in their photo or journalistic endeavors. Members will find that IPA's new Member Profile will give them an opportunity to post their resume, show their work and gather the information they need for success in this industry.

In addition IPA will offer members discounts and benefits from a number of other businesses, including major photographic dealers and manufacturers. Finally IPA will build a strong web presence that will enable the organization to publish fast breaking events and stories, submitted by members.

With tightened international security members will find IPA press identification and important asset for access to "Media Only" events. Our ID should never be used however to breach a secure area where the member of others might be at risk of any harm.
 
 
3
What are my dues used for?
 


Our small membership dues are part of the funds necessary to develop and maintain our web site and other IPA projects. It also covers our business costs, including but not limited to, the production costs of our Press ID kits.

IPA does not accept any paid advertising which makes us an AD FREE site and enables us the freedom to be objective in our reviews and articles.  

 
4
I understand Gold and Platinum members qualify for Staff IPA Press ID, what does this mean?
 


Being a Gold or Platinum member of our organization, identifies our members as working staff for IPA. This distinction enables us to issue our IPA freelance Press Credentials, in accordance with White House Press Office Rulings regarding cyber journalists.  

A cyber journalist or photographer is now recognized with the same rights and benefits as a traditional photographer or journalist. Having access is the key to obtaining news worthy and commercial photos and stories. As an IPA Staff Photographer or Journalist you are authorized to obtain stories or photos for our web site. Our IPA Press ID should never be used in a false or fraudulent manner. Although our ID and our right to issue it is legal, certain use of the ID might not be.

 
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How do I use my IPA Credentials for access to events, shows, attractions, etc.?
 


Many organizations seek press coverage or free publicity for the events or shows. As a freelance photographer, videographer or correspondent for IPA you are authorized by us, to seek out web worthy news photos and stories for submission to our web site. You should call, wrote or fax the Press Office or Public Relations Office of the event you are interested in attending. Identify yourself as a freelance photographer, videographer or correspondent on assignment for IPA. Let them know you will post the information about their event on our web site. This is done by going to Add Event on our web site where you can submit all the information on this event.

You should request a press pass or press credentials for their event. They may require you to send or fax them a letter of authorization (which you will receive with your membership kit), or require you to present your Press Card and/or business card at their Press Office or ticket window. You may also direct them to your profile on the IPA web site to show them your work. This is the best way to gain credibility and assure them you are a legitimate photographer or journalist.

If you do not have our Business Cards, we suggest you order some today, they will prove invaluable as your back up ID especially for any trade shows that might require them.  

 
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Will I be able to publish my work on the IPA web site?
 

Yes, on completion of your freelance assignment you should upload the story or photos in your Profile Management section. We review all uploads and will include many articles or photos in our Showcase areas of the site. By consistently uploading your new articles and photos you will gain the credibility you will need for many other assignments. Often the press officer, editor of a publication, etc. wants to see your work in print, so it is important to make submissions to our web site.  
 
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What is the difference between a Independent  Press ID and a Working Press ID?
 


There is a big difference between the two. The definition of "Working Press" means a person able to cross police or fire lines and one that makes his living covering news breaking stories. This type of individual will usually apply to the local police for a "Working Press Card" issued by that authority and will also have a Press ID from his employer.

A freelance photographer or journalist cannot obtain this Police ID as Working Press, unless he is actually on assignment for a publication, television or radio station and his editor verifies that he is on a special assignment for them.

So what does the IPA Independent Press ID do. Well for one, it will establish all other photographers and journalists as those that have their work published in one form of media or another. Other then the ability to cross a police line, our ID will identify you as a working photographer or journalist.

Today you must have some sort of legitimate Press ID to gain access to gather news about events, products, fashion, entertainment, etc. Without any form of ID and not having your work published in the media makes this access almost impossible. IPA will give you the necessary tools to gain the access you need and get your work published.

 
 
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If I have an IPA Press Pass can I be guaranteed to get Press access and will IPA verify that I am on assignment?
 

A Press Pass can be a valuable tool for gaining access to many news worthy events. It can also help you earn substantial amounts of money as a result of this access. To be successful in this business, you must be able to deal with people politely and with a degree of professionalism. Remember no one can promise or guarantee that anyone with any Press ID will gain access or special privileges, but as a member of IPA, we can only give you some of the tools you will need to do so.

For over 19 years, our members have gained access to sporting events, shows of all sorts, attractions, news worthy events, disasters, and much more. Many have sold their work to publications nationally and others have been able to gain valuable experience that they could have never gotten otherwise. One of our members entered the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan to report stories from the front lines using only his IPA credentials. You may read some of his work on this site.

Anyone that asks to verify your membership in our organization or see your work can now do so. All they need to do is register as a visitor on our web site and then they will be able to do a member search and view a members profile. This will of course, be verification that you are current IPA member. They will also be able to see your work published on our web site to verify you are a legitimate photographer, videographer or journalist. It is a good idea to provide them with links to our web site and your member ID number so they may locate the information they need. In your members profile area you can also include links to your published works on other web sites and this will provide people additional information about you.

Your letter of authorization is also a great tool to verify your membership and your status with our organization. Above all please remember that Publication of your work on our web site will be an invaluable tool to your success.  
 
9
I understand that some attractions, shows, etc. will offer the press complementary or discount passes is this true?
 

Good press relations is a desire of every public relations, press officer or owner/manager of a business. Although it may be considered bad etiquette to ask for a "Freebie" in some press circles, (a member of the press should not be biased in writing an article), we feel it is acceptable to call and ask if they offer members of the press discounts or complimentary passes for their attraction or event.

Even if you are not on assignment or don't intend to photograph or write about them, they may still extend this courtesy to you. They may even "comp" your companion too, if you ask them. Remember, this is strictly a courtesy and they are doing it as a "Good Will" gesture, so once again be professional and polite when you make your request. It is a good idea, however to try to publish an article or images of the event as a way of thanking the company for their courtesy. Your IPA membership will allow you to do this through your Profile Management area.  
 
10
Can I sell my work to other publications or do I have to offer my work to IPA?
 

As a staff member of IPA, you have the freedom of offering your work to any publication, television, radio station, magazine, etc. that would be interested in purchasing your it. With the valuable links on our site you can obtain contact information and find out how to submit your work for publication.

Since your IPA membership enables you to publish your work on our web site (in your Members Profile area), you may be selected to be featured on our site. By submitting your work to our web site, you authorize us to select your articles or images for inclusion in our various sections of our web site as we see fit. You will own the copyright for your work and give us the permission to publish it on our web site or in the promotion of our web site.  
 
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What type of Membership Discounts and Benefits can I get as a member in IPA?
 


You will find many companies will offer free or discounted benefits to members of the media. Many museums around the world offer free admission to the press. Many major attractions like Universal Studios in California and others also offer a number of free passes to the press.

If you want to travel and make a hotel reservation, check to see if they offer discounts to members of the media, many do. Always take your Press card with you and business cards if you have them and call before you go and find out from their Press Office or Public Relations office if they offer any complimentary or discount passes for their facility. You will be surprised how many do.

 
 
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How can I get in touch with other IPA members?
 


Now it is easier then ever before. Our ranks are growing and we now have members in over 100 countries. Now any registered member or visitor to our site, will be able to do a Member Search and locate a member using various criteria.

A member of visitor will also be able to review the members profile, email them and even share knowledge and experiences with those members. Another wonderful way of meeting our members is through our Forum.

Remember IPA has groups on many of the popular networking sites, so join us there and reach over 5,000 hand selected affiliate members to contact and discuss photography, journalism or just about anything. See our Network page on our web site and join us there as well.

 
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I would like to cross link to from my companies web site, or have my companies product reviewed, how do I do this?
 

To have a company's product considered for review you should email us and give us the details of what you would like reviewed.

For other companies that have a site of interest to our members, we also offer a simple cross link program and you can find more information here.
 
14
Does IPA need volunteers to help work on the IPA web site?
 


You bet we do. The strength of any organization is the people that make up its membership. Since we are a small volunteer organization, it is important for us to harness the creative talents of our members to make our organization and web site a better place for all of our members.

If you have the skills to help us write product reviews, articles on how to succeed in this business, tips and tricks in using equipment, and have graphic and/or web design skills, marketing or member recruitment ability, let us know.

As the new site develops their will be many areas we will want to add, so if you have any ideas, or some free time to donate to us, let us know. Please email Len Rapoport our founder and let him know how you would like to help.

 
 





 

 

 

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