Attending as Press

Information about Press Passes and Press Credentials

Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon will actively support members of the press and writers for online media who are covering the convention before, during, and after the event. We aim to provide information about this convention specifically, and about Worldcon, science fiction conventions, and the science fiction and fantasy genre in general, as well as Irish speculative literature and fandom.

Press Credentials and Press Passes

Press Credentials are given to regular (paying) convention members who are covering the convention for the press or online media as part of their attendance to identify them as press.
All members of the press are welcome to make use of the press services offered by the convention.

A Press Pass is a complimentary admission to the convention that includes the right to attend the convention for a limited time. Press Passes are given to working mainstream media to allow them to access and move around the convention site. Press Passes do not include any WSFS membership rights. Anyone qualifying for a Press Pass automatically gets Press Credentials. See below for more information on eligibility.

The only distinction between Press Credentials and a Press Pass is the complimentary admission.

To apply for a press pass or press credentials, complete the application by August 12, 2019. We will endeavor to return a decision to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact

Press Pass Eligibility

Press Passes are available solely for working press staff – defined as individuals employed by recognized professional mainstream media outlets such as television and radio stations, newspapers, and other forms of news coverage, who are on assignment from those outlets and who would not be attending the convention if their jobs did not require it. Working press staff includes immediate supporting and technical staff such as producers, photographers, camera operators, and sound personnel.

Press Passes are not issued to persons who are attending the convention in a personal capacity. Worldcon has a long tradition that all members of our community – fans, professionals, staff, and programme participants (save only our Guests of Honor) – pay for their memberships. Someone who is a member of the convention staff or who has accepted an invitation to be a programme participant is presumed to be attending the convention primarily in their personal capacity, not as a member of the working press. Similarly, staff from genre press publications and fannish news sources such as fanzines and web sites are not working press for the purposes of this policy and are expected to purchase a membership.