Press Credential Policy

Press Credential Policy

It is our pleasure to welcome accredited members of the press to cover Franchise Expo South. However, due to limited space, we must restrict our complimentary press passes to those who are working members of the media who will be covering the event for print, broadcast and online outlets.

As such, we have developed the following criteria for complimentary press passes. If you do not meet these criteria and wish to attend an event, we invite you to register as a regular attendee. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Kelly McNamara at Fishman PR. Her contact information is listed below.

To qualify for a complimentary media pass:

  1. The applicant should cover the franchise industry, small business, lifestyle, business policy or related issues on a regular basis.
  2. Exceptions may be made for local media interests covering an event.
  3. Editorial Only: Representatives from publications and other news media must represent the editorial staff. Advertising sales and marketing representatives will not be eligible for press badges, but may register for the event as regular attendees and pay any associated costs.
  4. Personal Web sites will not qualify for media credentials.

To apply for press credentials:

Please email your request to, and include:

  1. The media outlet you represent
  2. The name of the reporter who will be attending the event
  3. The nature of the assignment, details of coverage, title/beat
  4. Contact information, including email address, mobile phone, etc.
  5. Any technical requirements or accommodations that may be needed.

Onsite press registrants will be asked to provide the same information to qualify.

Bloggers wishing to receive press credentials may be asked to provide the URL of their blog, be a full time, professional blogger, and have at least 10,000 unique visits per month. Self-promoting blogs and blogs that merely aggregate third-party content will not be considered. Blog content must be original and updated at least two times a week.

Photos & Recording:
Only officially contracted vendors and working journalists with prior approval from Franchise Expo South are permitted to photograph, video and/or audio record Franchise Expo South. Recording with personal video equipment or other technology such as cell phones or other recording devices without proper credentials or authorization is prohibited. No filming or photography is permitted on the trade show or exposition floors unless approved and/or accompanied by MFV or Fishman PR staff.

Right of refusal:
Show management reserves the right to deny media credentials at their sole discretion. Please be advised that media passes are limited in number and are reserved for commercial news outlets.

For questions related to receiving media credentials, press kits or other media related issues, please contact Kelly McNamara at Fishman Public Relations, (847) 945-1300 x231, or via email at