Media Accreditation

Journalists and other media personnel whose work requires access to the Scottish Parliament may apply for media accreditation.

There are two options for accreditation to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Full media accreditation for regular access to the Parliamentary complex.
  • Media day-pass accreditation which allows access on a pre-arranged date to attend a specific event.

If you require regular access to the Parliament you should apply for full media accreditation.  The media day-pass system allows occasional media access to the parliamentary complex to report on items of parliamentary business or a specific event.

Freelance media who require accreditation are required to demonstrate that their work is likely to be used by a news organisation. As such, a supporting signature of an Editor / Head of News / Pictures Editor / or equivalent will be required when applying for accreditation.

Journalists representing online media outlets, including bloggers, will be considered for accreditation against the following criteria:

  • the site provides sufficiently balanced and regular coverage of the work of Parliament - this does not preclude comment-led copy, but applicants from sites that do not give a right of reply or where comment is from a single political perspective are unlikely to be granted accreditation.       
  • that the applicant has no other paid employment or interests that might conflict with proper reporting of the Parliament;
  • that the applicant can provide a person of suitable standing as a referee as a substitute for an editor / head of news; and
  • the relevant website is not party political or a single issue campaign site.

Media Policy

Policy relating to programme making, broadcasting, filming and news conferences for external groups; and filming and recording by Members

Need more help?

To enquire further on how to apply for full or day accreditation, contact:

Media Relations Office