I think this is a great suggestion. I know that amateur and even
professional photographers (non-Press persons) face endless nuisance simply
due the lack of an official looking card.
Do we actually have an 'office'? If so, its address on the card would help.
Only thing is since probably the 'number' might be a volunteer, we should
try not to have such persons bothered by nuisance calls. Perhaps we can
take a SIM for the purpose and attach it to an answering service
On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM, Fae <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Could I make a practical suggestion to help those that might be
> challenged in public places or when going into institutions?
> In the UK we are looking at making "official" press cards for
> established Wikinews reporters. I know from experience that taking
> photographs in India can be problematic for many reasons, not just the
> police. If the local chapter could produce letters of authority or
> "press ID" for regular contributors, this might make our contributers
> feel a bit more confident about having something to produce when
> questioned about what they are doing.
> The "press ID" in the UK would work by the person having their
> identity on file with the London office. If there are questions about
> their work (for example photographs being taken or interviews) then
> the person's real life ID can be checked by phoning the chapter
> office. This does not have to compromize their on-line identity if
> anonymous, as real-life identity is kept confidential by the chapter.
> In most cases we would expect that having an "official" looking card
> or letter would solve most problems on the spot, particularly when the
> Wikimedian can say "please phone my office if you want to confirm my
> You can find a discussion about the press ID system for the UK at
> <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Microgrants/Wikinews_reporter_IDs>. WMUK
> would be open to supporting an internationally recognized system along
> these lines.
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