Nov 04 2012

2012 National Political Conventions


Press credentials for magazines, newsletters, non-daily newspapers, and online publications for the National Political Conventions are handled through the Senate Periodical Press Gallery. All correspondents interested in obtaining credentials should first read and review the rules and regulations of the Periodical Press Gallery.

Only one designated person per organization should complete an application.

If you believe that you and your publication qualify for convention credentials, begin the application process by clicking on the appropriate link below:

  • Domestic Publication Application Instructions
  • Foreign Publication Application Instructions

The Senate Periodical Press Gallery is not responsible for applications submitted to the incorrect gallery. Please make sure you are applying to the correct gallery:

Senate Daily Press Gallery (If you work for a daily print organization).

Senate Photographers Gallery (If you are a photographer).

House Radio/TV Gallery (If you work for a web page and have significant technical requirements for streaming video and audio).

If the Periodical Press Gallery has not received an organization’s application by the deadline, it will not be honored.

Reminder: All correspondents wearing a convention press pass must be engaged in the gathering and reporting of news, dress in professional attire, and adhere to journalist standards of integrity and conduct at all times. Organizations are responsible for all credentials issued to them and for the conduct of anyone holding their credentials.


A Press Pass. Wow. A Press Pass.

Even though I had been to BlogHer ’12 with a bunch of journalists, lawyers, nurses and doctors also acting as BlogHers, I don’t think the magnitude of our BlogHer accomplishments hit me until I saw BlogHer Kathryn Finney’s photo of BlogHer Editor-in-Chief Stacy Morrison recording Newt Gingrich’s reply at the Republican National Convention in August, 2012. There she was, and all I could think of was,”OMGoodness! She’d have to have a Press Pass to do that.”

Good ol’ Stacy and good ol’ Newt.

Yes! Of Course! What was I thinking? She’d have to have a Press Pass to do that. Did I assume that the professional women of BlogHer would what? Sit across the street at the donut shop to cover the goings-ons at both national party conventions by interviewing passers by? No way. They had Press Passes with entitled status at the National Party Conventions.

It’s just that, until I saw that photo of good ol’ Stacy, I was not completely initiated into what BlogHer has in a national presence. An organization begun in 2005 and primarily championed and managed by women has a national presence on the level of the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. can demand and qualify for a Press Pass. That’s a “Wow” with a capital “W.” When I saw Kathryn’s photo of Stacy and Newt, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Wonderful, wonderful bricks.

So, now that the National Elections are going to be on Tuesday of this week, it’s time to further recognize our BlogHer Lois Lanes who have accomplished that of which women in my childhood could only dream, covering national conventions as full fledge reporters “to gather and report the news.”


The 2012 Republican National Convention was held in Tampa, Florida during the week of August 27-30, 2012 in which delegates of the Republican Party chose the party’s nominees for President and Vice president for the November 6, 2012, election and, most importantly, was there!

August 27, 2012  Stacy Morrison  Newt Gingrich: What Women Need, the GOP Can Deliver

August 28, 2012  Erica Holloway  At the RNC: Romney Restoring GOP’s Faith on Economy, Leadership

August 29, 2012   Kathryn Finney  RNC Day 2: Down to Business

August 30, 2012  Julie Ross Godar  Condi Urges Education Reform. Could It Really Create Jobs?


The 2012 Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte, North Carolina,from September 4 to 6, 2012, in which delegates of the Democratic Party chose the party’s nominees for President and Vice Presiden in the November 6, 2012 National Election, and, most importantly, was there!

September 4, 2012  Grace Hwang Lynch  (PICS) DNC Day 1: Welcome to Charlotte

September 5, 2012  Heather Barmore  DNC 2012: Let’s Talk Education, Already!

September 5, 2012  Mona Gable The Women’s Revolution at the DNC

September 6, 2012  Joanne Bamberger  Democrats Relocate Tonight’s Big Party: Will It Dampen Enthusiasm?

These are just a sample of the articles sent back from the National Party fronts. And, don’t forget that BlogHers Denise Tanton and Rita Arens acted as Home Support coordinating efforts to give the teams in the field what they needed to finish the job.

It’s so easy to be proud of BlogHer and all of the many thousands of people, mostly women, that work to live and live to work the writing life contributing to

And it is so easy to point with pride at the women with Press Passes that now cover the news. I’m glad we’re to the point where it’s often taken for granted.

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