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ID and Press Cards for Journalists

International Press Card Example


at the joint meeting of the Board of the public institution Futurum Platform, the editorial office of Futurum magazine and the publishing house Hi-Tech Inovace s.r.o.
April 4, 2024, v.01/24

Regulations for obtaining the Credential of a Journalist or Digital Affairs Columnist and the Press Card of FUTURUM magazine

1. General Provisions:

  • The credential of a journalist and digital affairs columnist (hereinafter referred to as “Journalist ID”) is issued for a period of 2 years following the completion of the remote specialized course “Digital Journalism”. The cost of the course and the issuance of the ID is $98.0 when signing a creative collaboration agreement with FUTURUM magazine for 2 years, and $290.0 without such an agreement (independent journalist). The cost of delivering the credential is not included and is subject to additional payment.
  • The FUTURUM magazine press card (hereinafter referred to as “Press Card”) is issued to editorial staff, freelancers, blogger-columnists, and video bloggers, as well as non-staff correspondents who regularly publish materials on topics of digital technology, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and other modern technological directions, including social networks, in the magazine Futurum and/or on the platform, or who have entered into a two-year creative cooperation agreement with the publisher. The Press Card is issued by the magazine’s editorial office for a period of 2 years to editorial staff free of charge at the expense of the editorial office. Non-staff contributors pay $45.0 plus the cost of delivery.

2. Objectives of Issuance:

  • Legitimization: Confirmation of professional affiliation with journalists in the digital sphere.
  • Access: Providing access to events, conferences, and press events both domestically and internationally.
  • Opportunity Expansion: Enhancing trust and broadening professional opportunities in information gathering and conducting interviews.

3. Conditions for Issuance of FUTURUM Journal Press Card:

  • For full-time employees: Must have a creative agreement or employment contract with the FUTURUM publication.
  • For freelancers, bloggers, and freelance correspondents: Must have a signed creative cooperation agreement for the production of journalistic and/or media content, and must have a blog on the site.
  • Content Quality: Regular publication of articles/materials that meet high journalistic standards and are thematically focused on the digital sphere.
  • Ethical Standards: Adherence to the journalist’s code of ethics and principles of responsible journalism.

4. Procedure for Obtaining:

4.1. Application for a Journalist ID:

  • Applicants submit their application for the “Digital Journalism” course and the acquisition of a Press ID by email to, including a CV in free format.
  • An invoice is issued to the participant, and upon its payment, the complete “Digital Journalism” course and related/supplementary materials are sent from the publisher Hi-Tech Inovace s.r.o.
  • At the end of the course, usually within a month, the participant must submit two practical assignments for publication to the editorial board of FUTURUM journal. After review, the participant is awarded an international certificate of completion for the digital journalism course and the corresponding journalist ID.

4.2. Application for a Futurum Journal Press Card:

  • The application is considered by the editorial board within 10 business days. Decisions are based on the provided documents, publications, or a motivational letter. (Email:
  • If the decision is positive, the press card is issued after payment of an invoice from the publisher Hi-Tech Inovace s.r.o., or it is granted free of charge to individuals engaged in creative collaboration with the Futurum journal.
  • This process ensures a standardized approach to certifying qualified digital journalists, enhancing their professional credibility through recognized credentials.

5. Benefits of the Certification and Press Card:

  • Access to Events: Cardholders are entitled to free or discounted access to conferences, forums, exhibitions, and other events related to digital technologies.
  • Participation in Press Conferences: Priority right to participate in press conferences and other media events.
  • Networking Opportunities: Expands professional contacts among industry leaders and access to exclusive interviews. Access to the journalistic community and the expert club, all media resources and materials of Futurum Platform, digital printing, and the creative studio of the publishing house.
  • Professional Recognition: Enhances the level of trust from information sources and readers.
  • Support and Protection: Support in cases of conflicts related to the professional activities of the journalist.

6. Validity of the Certification and Press Card:

  • The Certification and Press Card are issued with a validity period of 2 years.

7. Cancellation of the Journalist Certification and/or Press Card of the FUTURUM Journal before the Expiry Date:

  • Cancellation occurs in cases of gross violations of journalistic ethics, use of the official certification for non-professional activities, and legal infringements. In such cases, the confirmation of the document and the journalist’s identity in the electronic registry of the public institution FUTURUM PLATFORM is removed.

Varieties of ID's and Press Cards

Digital Journalist – This term is appropriate if the journalist works primarily online, producing content on a variety of digital topics, including cybersecurity.

Technology Journalist – These titles are better suited for a journalist who writes about a wide range of technology topics, from software and hardware to technological innovation and cybersecurity.

Tech Reporter – Suitable for a journalist who regularly covers technology and cybersecurity news.

Cybersecurity Journalist – This option is ideal for a journalist who specializes exclusively in cybersecurity and related topics.

Crypto Journalist – A general term that can be used for a journalist who covers a wide range of topics related to cryptography, cryptocurrencies, and blockchains.

Cryptocurrency Journalist – This term is ideal for a journalist who focuses on cryptocurrency news and analysis.

Blockchain Journalist – Appropriate for a journalist who writes about blockchain technologies and decentralized systems, including their use in various industries.

Fintech Journalist – While this is a broader term, it can also be applied if the journalist is involved in financial technology, including cryptocurrencies and blockchain.


List of international exhibitions, forums, and world-class events for privileged and/or discounted access for journalists of FUTURUM PLATFORM and active employees of the international journal FUTURUM.

Holders of journalist IDs, digital reviewer IDs, and FUTURUM journal press cards can receive accreditation and privileged or free access to a number of significant international events in the fields of digital technologies, artificial intelligence, and innovations. Below are examples of such events where the journalist ID and FUTURUM journal press card will be particularly useful.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

Location: Las Vegas, USA
Description: CES is one of the largest and most significant consumer electronics shows in the world, featuring the latest innovations and developments in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence, mobile technologies, and home automation.

MWC (Mobile World Congress)

MWC (Mobile World Congress)

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Description: MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest event for the mobile technology industry, featuring panels, discussions, and presentations related to mobile innovations, digital integration, and the future of connectivity.

Web Summit

Web Summit

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Description: Web Summit brings together thousands of participants from the technology industry, including CEOs of the world's largest tech companies, startups, policymakers, and investors to discuss current technology trends and the future of internet technologies.

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung)

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Description: IFA is one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany, showcasing the latest advancements in consumer electronics and home appliances, including smart devices, audio-video equipment, and personal gadgets.

SXSW (South by Southwest)

SXSW (South by Southwest)

Location: Austin, USA
Description: SXSW is an annual festival that merges film, music, and interactive media forums with numerous sessions including discussions on new media, technology, and the integration of digital tools into various aspects of life.

TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt

Location: San Francisco, USA
Description: TechCrunch Disrupt brings together startups, investors, and entrepreneurs to discuss current trends and the future of the startup ecosystem. It serves as a meeting place for innovators to showcase new projects and discuss futuristic ideas.

The AI Summit

The AI Summit

Location: London, United Kingdom (and other global capitals)
Description: The AI Summit focuses on the practical application of AI in business and offers a unique platform for knowledge and experience sharing among the world's leading experts in artificial intelligence.

Blockchain Expo Global

Blockchain Expo Global

Location: London, United Kingdom
Description: This event brings together various industries to discuss and present new innovations in blockchain technology and their impact on global economies.

Accreditation opportunities via the FUTURUM magazine's Journalist ID and Press Card

Accreditation at national and international events:

Holders of the FUTURUM magazine’s journalist ID and press card have the opportunity for both independent accreditation at major national and international technology events and support through the Futurum magazine’s editorial team. This includes conferences, forums, exhibitions, and presentations and provides direct access to the latest developments, product presentations, and key figures and leaders in the industry.

Examples of events:

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – Las Vegas, USA

Mobile World Congress (MWC) – Barcelona, Spain

Web Summit – Lisbon, Portugal

SXSW (South by Southwest) – Austin, USA

The AI Summit – London, United Kingdom

Blockchain Expo Global – London, United Kingdom

GITEX Technology Week – Dubai, UAE

Slush – Helsinki, Finland

Viva Technology – Paris, France

Consumer Technology Association – Various Locations, USA

Re:publica – Berlin, Germany

Wired Conference – Various Locations

Accreditation at International Organizations:

The journalist ID and press card also allow for accreditation through press centers according to their rules at international organizations such as the UN, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the World Bank, and at international technology forums. This provides opportunities to participate in closed briefings, receive exclusive materials, and conduct high-level negotiations and interviews.

Examples of Organizations:

United Nations (UN): Participate in briefings and gain access to exclusive reports and discussions.

World Economic Forum: Engage with global leaders and influencers in economic and technological sectors.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU): Access to discussions on global telecommunication standards and policies.

UNESCO: Participate in educational, scientific, and cultural discussions and events.

Accreditation at Major Technology Companies:

Thanks to the initiatives by FUTURUM magazine with press centers of leading global technology companies, journalists can gain accreditation at companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla for access to closed presentations, product reviews, and interviews with key executives.

Examples of Companies:

Google: Access to presentations of new products and technologies.

Apple: Participation in closed events and presentations of new products.

Microsoft: Opportunities to visit development centers and receive firsthand information about new projects.

Tesla: Accreditation for test drives and demonstrations of the latest models and technological innovations.

Benefits of the Journalist ID and Press Card from FUTURUM Editorial

Enhanced Access

Cardholders have priority in accreditation at major events, which provides access to exclusive information and events not available to the general public.

Exclusive Materials

Collaboration and information support from many of the world's leading technology companies enable FUTURUM journalists to receive original and exclusive materials and news.

Professional Development

Participation in international events and access to the latest technologies contribute to the professional growth of journalists, deepening their expert level and technical knowledge.

Support and Protection

In the event of disputes or conflicts during information gathering and journalistic activities, journalists can expect support from the FUTURUM editorial team.

For Professional Bloggers and Content Creators

If you are already a professional blogger, a social media content creator, or produce media and video content on platforms like YouTube or TikTok, transitioning to a digital journalism profession will not only lend authority and substance to your activities but will also provide legal protection under media laws in many potential conflict situations.

Support and Protection

In the event of disputes or conflicts during the gathering of information and the performance of journalistic duties, journalists can rely on support from the FUTURUM editorial team.

It is essential to know: International Conventions and the Protection of Journalists

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Article 19: Guarantees every person’s right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)

Article 19: Emphasizes the rights to freedom of expression and information, including freedom of speech for journalists, which is fundamental to their professional activities.

European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950)

Article 10: Provides the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa (2002)

This document, adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, sets out principles that should guide states in ensuring freedom of expression, including journalistic activity.

American Convention on Human Rights (1969)

Article 13: Guarantees the right to freedom of thought and expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, irrespective of frontiers.

Protection at the National Level

On the national level, the protection of journalists’ professional activities depends on the legislation of the specific country, most of which have adopted Media Laws.

Common principles include:

Freedom of the Press Laws: Most countries have laws that protect journalists’ rights to gather and disseminate information, providing a foundation for free journalistic activities.

Professional Standards: National journalism associations often develop ethical codes that serve as guidelines to protect journalists in their work.

Judicial Protection: Journalists can resort to the courts to protect their rights in cases of censorship, wrongful dismissal, or other forms of pressure.

Laws on the Confidentiality of Sources: In many jurisdictions, there are laws that protect journalists from having to disclose their sources, which is critical for conducting investigations. There are also provisions for criminal liability for hindering a journalist’s professional activities.

Defamation Protection Legislation: Laws that prevent unfounded legal claims against journalists for defamation or libel, provided the journalists acted in good faith and professionally.

Examples of National Regulations

USA: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, which is a key element in protecting journalists.

Ukraine: In Ukraine, the “Law on Mass Media” regulates press activities and protects the rights of journalists.

France: In France, the 1881 Press Freedom Act provides broad protection for journalists, including the protection of sources.

Czech Republic: The Czech Republic has a strong environment for press freedom as well as legislation that protects journalists and their sources.

Republic of Cyprus: Cyprus, like many other democratic countries, values press freedom and has legislative protections in place.

These international and national laws and conventions create a legal framework that protects journalists in their endeavor to inform the public, facilitating the maintenance of freedom of speech and press independence.

In nearly every country around the world, a journalist’s ID and/or a valid press card from a recognized media outlet facilitates accreditation within the country, entry into professional journalistic unions or clubs, and the obtaining of visas or residency permits.

It is important to remember that journalists must adhere to ethical standards and use their press credentials for legitimate professional purposes.

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