Re: How To Obtain Press/Media Permit?
There is no such thing as an all-access, generic press pass. As stated above, press passes are issued by the individual venues, departments, etc., to legitimate news folks with a verifiable employment or affiliation. Even if you could get a legitimate pass from a city police dept, it probably wouldn't do you any good for concerts, or the like. As a general rule, only legitmate news shooters are allowed access to musical events (and then for only three songs) since freelance shooters make their living by selling photos, something celebs or musicians dislike.
Please don't consider those "media passes" sold in the back of photo magazines. They may look good and get you into a high school baseball game, but that's about it. A few years ago I watched a guy throw a tantrum outside the Pittsburgh Steelers media gate because his mail order press pass did not get him into the game. He caused such a melee that half a dozen of us working photogs had to wait to enter until security muscled him and his Minolta XD-11 out the door.