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.
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