Obtaining Media Credentials

ASA invites all professional outdoor media to attend ICAST.

Before registering in the Media Editorial category, please read the FAQs below.


What are the criteria for approving a Media Editorial badge?

When approving Media Editorial badge requests, we consider, among other factors:

Previous media credentialing at one or more recent ICAST shows.

A demonstrated record of print, broadcast, cable or web-based coverage of recreational fishing, boating and outdoor recreation-related activities.

Can I attend ICAST if I’m a print or video blogger or other digital media?

We welcome digital media to ICAST. However, digital media applicants must meet certain guidelines that demonstrate they are posting regular, quality content about recreational fishing. ASA will determine the qualifying frequency and quality of the posts.

We DO NOT approve badges for personal Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat or other social media accounts.

What is a Media Sales badge?

If a media representative is from a media source (newspaper, magazine, broadcast, dot.com) but is in advertising sales, then he or she falls under the Media Sales category and must register in that category and pay the respective member or non-member registration fee in order to attend ICAST.

What if I am in public relations, marketing or advertising?

Media Editorial badges are for “working media” who are covering the show for a recognized media outlet. Individuals in public relations, marketing or advertising must register for a Media Sales badge.

What can I submit as acceptable credentials for the Media Editorial badge?

Any one of the items listed below can be used to substantiate your request for a Media Editorial badge:

Current individual membership card issued by a state, regional or national bona fide outdoor communicators association.

Press identification card issued by a bona fide, industry-related news organization.

Your name listed in an editorial position on an industry-related publication masthead.

A Letter of Assignment from an editor or publisher of a recognized industry-related news publication that states you are on assignment to cover the show. This must be on official company letterhead, signed, with e-mail and phone number.

A link to a website or blog dealing with industry-related subjects which includes your real name (no aliases, no exceptions). Your full name and role must be listed on the website.

How do I register for my badge and submit my media credentials?

You may apply for media credentials at the same time you register for your badge.

Create a PDF or JPG of your credential of choice (see the acceptable media credentials list above). You will be asked to upload that during the badge registration process.

Register for your badge at ICASTfishing.org.

Is there a registration fee for the Media Editorial badge?

The Media Editorial badge is $100. The onsite fee is $150.

Who is eligible for a complimentary Media Editorial badge?

Media Editorial badges are complimentary for ASA’s media company members and their employees.

Media Editorial badges are also complimentary for current members of bona fide professional outdoor media organizations on the state, regional and national levels.

National news service outlets also receive a complimentary badge.

Students and corporate members of professional media organizations do not automatically qualify for a Media Editorial badge.