FIRST Championship Media Registration

Eligibility

New rules governing the issuance of FIRST Championship media credentials and the corresponding media registration form are in effect for the 2015 event. 

Media credentials will only be issued to:

    • Credentialed/bona fide news media representatives and bloggers;
    • Freelance writers and photographers who present a letter of assignment from an official news media outlet (other freelancers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis);
    • Production companies;
    • FIRST Sponsors
      • Founding Sponsors: max. two (2) passes per organization
      • Strategic Partners: max. three (3) passes per organization
      • Championship Sponsors: max. three (3) passes per organization
      • Other FIRST Event Sponsors: max. one (1) pass available per event sponsored, limit three (3) per organization
    • FIRST Suppliers: max. two (2) passes per Supplier company
    • FIRST Alliances: max. two (2) passes per Alliance organization
    • FIRST Scholarship Providers: max one (1) pass per Provider organization

Individuals associated with FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge teams (students, Coaches, Mentors, and Alumni) must use the Team Media credentials provided to each team in their team registration packet.

Important Consent Information and Coverage Conditions

We welcome professional media and communications individuals who meet the eligibility requirements to capture images/footage at our events for the purposes of promoting FIRST under the following conditions:

  • Images/footage obtained at FIRST events may not be sold (as prints or online).
  • Images/footage obtained at FIRST events may not be used for commercial gain or the advertisement of any commercial product.
  • The names of minors may not be published with their images without specific permission from a parent or guardian.

NOTE: FIRST cannot guarantee that every attendee has consented to your use of their likeness. User assumes any risk/responsibility of using images/footage obtained at the event. If you plan to capture images/footage at a FIRST event, we recommend you use your own consent form.

Pre-registration

For speed and convenience, professional, bona fide media and PR/communications individuals may pre-register for media credentials as follows:

      1. Please email marketing@usfirst.org, confirming which eligible category you belong to:
        • Print/Broadcast/Electronic Media
        • Freelance Writer/Photographer or Production Company; or
        • FIRST Sponsor/Supplier/Alliance/Scholarship Provider
      2. You will receive a form to complete and submit via e-mail for your pre-registration.
      3. Following your submission, you will receive an e-mail from FIRST confirming your registration and providing important event information.

On-site Registration

We also accept walk-in registrations.

You must be prepared to present a photo ID plus at least one of the following when registering onsite:

      • Officially issued, non-expired press credentials;
      • A business card with your name, title, and media outlet (press) or company/organization name (Sponsors/Suppliers/Alliances/Scholarship Providers);
      • A letter of assignment from editor/producer of an approved media outlet (photo copies not accepted);
      • Current publication masthead with your name and title;
      • News article published within the past six months with your byline.

Media Check-in

Media must check in at the FIRST Media Center - located in Suite 233A in the Edward Jones Dome - to register and/or pick up badges and press kits (if pre-registered). Please enter the Edward Jones Dome via Gate A (Convention Plaza) and follow signs to Media Check-in.

A satellite Media Center with limited hours will be set up at St. Louis Union Station for media covering FIRST Tech Challenge and Junior FIRST LEGO League. Please enter through the 20th Street entrance and follow signs to Media Check-in.

You must be prepared to present one of the following items to FIRST Media Center staff and to Dome Security staff at the entry in order to proceed to the FIRST Media Center.

      • FIRST media pre-registration confirmation e-mail; OR
      • Officially issued, non-expired press credentials;
      • A business card with your name, title, and media outlet (press) or company/organization name (Sponsors/Suppliers/Alliances/Scholarship Providers);
      • A letter of assignment from editor/producer of an approved media outlet (photo copies not accepted);
      • Current publication masthead with your name and title;
      • News article published within the past six months with your byline

If you have difficulty accessing the FIRST Media Center in the Edward Jones Dome during the hours posted below, please call 314-342-5504.

Media Center Hours

Edward Jones Dome, Suite 233A

Wednesday, April 22:  1 PM - 5:15 PM
Thursday, April 23:  8 AM - 7:45 PM
Friday, April 24:  7:30 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday, April 25:   7 AM - 7:45 PM

St. Louis Union Station, Station Master Room

Wednesday, April 22:  2 PM - 6:15 PM
Thursday, April 23:  7:30 AM - 1:15 PM
Friday, April 24:  7:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday, April 25:   8:45 AM - 12:15 PM