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Accreditation Guidelines for Embargo Access to Census Bureau's Media Embargo

General Guidelines

Access to the Census Bureau's news embargo site is limited to qualified individuals representing media outlets that give their chief attention to the gathering and reporting of news. Applicants must be employed or represent news outlets that regularly publish or broadcast a substantial volume of news material for public consumption. Embargo access is granted on an individual basis only and cannot be shared with unapproved colleagues or associates.

Embargo access may be granted to reporters, editors, writers, publishers, editorial and news cartoonists and artists, news photographers, producers, librarians, presidents, general managers, videographers, webmasters and other editorial employees who work for qualified news outlets, which include publications, news services, broadcast outlets and news Internet sites that meet the following criteria:

  • Their primary purpose is the dissemination of news.
  • They are regularly issued and supported by advertising or paid subscription and operate with editorial independence from any political, governmental, commercial or special interest.

Requirements for Online Media

Online media (may include news outlets, blogs, vlogs and others) must meet the following requirements, in addition to those above:

  • The website must belong to a recognized media organization and have a specific, verifiable street address and a telephone number.
  • The website must have at least 60 percent original news content or commentary or analysis.
  • Media representatives are required to submit two bylined articles within the past month that was posted on the website.
  • The website must be updated at a minimum of once a week.

Online publications that are communications outreach or advocacy publications of nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation.

See Embargo Policy


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: July 14, 2014