For Press

PLA Conference Media Policy

Please note: PLA Conference is a professional event; it is not open to the public. Those requesting media registration must be currently employed or retained by a news organization. Each organization is limited to no more than five media representatives, except newsletters, which are limited to one. Account representatives, sales executives, book authors, and engineers do not meet the criteria for media registration. You must fall under one of the following media guidelines to receive media registration:

Media Guidelines

  • Consumer and Trade Publications/News Wire Services
    Reporters and editors from magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and wire services must provide a business card or link to bylined coverage or staff bio. Contributing editors and reporters must verify they have been retained to cover the PLA Conference by presenting a letter of assignment.
  • Television and Radio
    Broadcast reporters and producers from news organizations must provide a business card or link to staff bio.
  • Freelance Writers
    Freelance writers must verify they have been retained to cover the PLA Conference by presenting a letter of assignment.
  • Online Publications
    Reporters from online publications must provide a business card (or link to bylined coverage or staff bio) and a letter of assignment. The website must contain editorial content and cover library issues. Personal webpages and blogs will not be accepted.
  • Newsletters
    Newsletter reporters must verify they have been retained to cover the PLA Conference by presenting a letter of assignment. Newsletter publications will be limited to one media representative.

Media/Press Passes

Press who plan to cover the PLA Conference are strongly encouraged to register in advance. Press badges will be granted to editorial staff only. The badge entitles you access to the exhibits and all education sessions. It also entitles you entry to paid special events—including author luncheons, the Children’s-Author Breakfast, the Audio Publishers Association Dinner, and tours. However, you must separately register and pay (subject to availability) to have any meals at those special events.

Press badges must be picked up onsite from the Press Office in room 213 of the Music City Center.

Registration Instructions

To register for a press badge, please email Larra Clark (lclark@ala.org) with the following information:

  • name
  • media outlet
  • title
  • address
  • phone number
  • email address
  • website
  • social media

As appropriate, you must also include a letter of assignment and/or a link to bylined coverage or staff bio to verify status. Upon approval, you will automatically be registered for the conference.

Questions?

Contact Larra Clark, Deputy Director, Public Library Association, 312-280-5861 or lclark@ala.org.