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JOIN THE FPA
IN LONDON TO COVER THE POST-BREXIT PERIOD AND OTHER POLITICAL STORIES?
The FPA organises regular and very well-attended briefings with all the main figures of the UK political landscape. Foreign journalists can have access to the House of Commons Press Gallery only via the FPA, and must show a valid UK Press Card (issued by the FPA after thorough vetting). To find out more about our Access to Parliament programme, click here.
INTERESTED IN ROYAL NEWS?
The FPA works closely with the Royal Palaces to coordinate and accredit for major events.
ARTS & CULTURE ARE YOUR THING?
The FPA provides invitations to all major press previews in London and the UK. We have regular briefings with leading figures of the art and entertainment world and can provide access to Museums, Galleries, Pop-Ups etc.
The FPA also organises briefings with major authors, ahead of publication in the UK and abroad and works closely with SOLT (the Society of London Theatres) and other national theatres.
FULL MEMBERSHIP OF THE FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH:
ACCREDITATION - As a member of the UK Press Card Authority, the FPA issues its full members with a UK Press Card, which certifies that the carrier is a bona fide journalist and may gain access to a wide variety of events.
ACCESS ALL AREAS - Foreign journalists may gain access to the House of Commons Press Gallery only via the FPA, and must have a valid UK Press Card. Also, foreign correspondents will be plugged into the world of politics, royalty, finance and culture through our regular FPA-Exclusive briefings.
PRESS VISITS - The FPA organizes regular press trips to significant places and institutions. Recent trips have taken members to Northern Ireland, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Coventry, Chatsworth, Manchester, The Wellcome Sanger Institute, Wimbledon (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club), New Scotland Yard and many more.
WORKSHOPS -Every year the FPA co-organises a Whitehall Workshop with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, to meet the coms teams of all government departments. It does similar workshops with various other organisations.
BULLETINS - Members receive a weekly bulletin - the FPA Confidential - full of a variety of upcoming briefings and events.
Download the FPA Rules
There are two categories of FPA Membership:
FULL MEMBERSHIP (annual) - £235
To qualify for this category, applicants – including freelance journalists - must be able to demonstrate that they work with a foreign newspaper, periodical, news agency, radio or television organisation. At least 75% of their income must be derived from journalism.
Applications must be accompanied by a letter of introduction from the applicant's main employer while freelancers should provide details of publishers and major employers. Two examples of the applicant's most recent work must be included. This option includes a UK Press Card.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP (annual) - £235
We welcome applications for this category from non-journalists, such as press attachés and cultural representatives of foreign (overseas) Embassies, public relations professionals and those whose sphere of interest is related to journalism.
Associate Membership gives a chance to work more closely with the FPA, get to know its members, network with senior correspondents and submit briefing ideas and presentations. This option does not include a UK Press Card.
For more information and to join or renew your membership please click below:
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