Media registration policy
WCPT welcomes journalists and media representatives to the WCPT Congress 2017 in Cape Town.
Registered journalists have free and full access to all congress sessions, the press room, and are offered assistance where available to gather material for stories.
Media registration is free of charge for those who meet the criteria below. Journalists who are not registered will not be admitted to the congress.
WCPT welcomes individual reporters. In the case of multi-person teams please contact Communications manager Kiran Acharya by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media representatives who wish to attend the congress free of charge must provide the following:
- Evidence that they work for a recognised media provider
We recommend that media representatives apply for registration as soon as possible so that travel plans are not made unnecessarily if your application is unsuccessful.
Criteria for media registration
To qualify for media registration you must:
- Work for a newspaper, news service, magazine, major online publication or radio or television station, and provide evidence of this; or
- Work for a physical therapy publication, such as a magazine or online publication published by a WCPT member organisation, and provide evidence of this
Editors and staff of scientific journals are not considered media, and will not be considered for press registration.
Bloggers, tweeters and website owners/contributors will not be considered for media registration at the congress.
Publishers and representatives of sales, advertising or marketing departments of publications or other news organisations will also not be considered for media registration.
Normally, WCPT will only allow one free media registration per publication. All applicants must be 18 or older by 1st July 2017.
Procedure for media registration
Completed registration forms, and all supporting materials must be received by 1st June 2017. Media registration is possible at the congress itself, but applicants will still need to provide supporting documents and there is the risk that applications will not be accepted.
- Three recent articles that have been published by a recognised media outlet that you have written, with your byline on the article; AND
- An email or letter from your editor stating that you have been assigned to cover WCPT Congress
- Audio or video of three broadcast programmes you have worked on, with proof that you were involved in the production; AND
- An email or letter from your editor stating that you have been assigned to cover the WCPT Congress
If you are an editor/producer for a newspaper, magazine, online publication, radio or broadcast outlet, you will need to send your completed registration form and documentation confirming your position (business card, letterhead, press card, letter from publisher) to email@example.com
You will be informed by email whether your press registration has been successful.
Information about media access
Journalists and media representatives will have full access to all congress sessions open to paying delegates, including the congress opening ceremony and welcome reception.
During congress sessions, delegates and media professionals are permitted to take photographs without flash, video, tweet, text and blog – as long as they do not leave their seats to do so. We wish to minimize disruption during congress sessions.
Moving around to take photographs or video is not permitted unless written permission has been obtained from WCPT’s communications representative, Kiran Acharya.
When tweeting, please use the congress hashtag: #WCPT2017
During congress, there are some social events and courses which delegates have to pay extra to attend.
These extra events are not open free of charge to media representatives, unless specific arrangements have been made with the communications representative.