Definition of press card in US English:

press card


  • An official authorization carried by a reporter, especially one that gives admission to an event.

    • ‘A press card can sometimes get you through without such inspection, but not always.’
    • ‘Furthermore, free-lance photographers, under French law, would be ineligible for press cards and health benefits.’
    • ‘When they found him, he denied having stolen her cellular phone, saying that he was a journalist from a weekly tabloid and showed them a press card.’
    • ‘I showed him my British passport and press card.’
    • ‘Then they put me in a tank, after checking my id and press card.’
    • ‘They get press cards and passes and letters of introduction from leaders on all sides of a conflict - and learn to keep them in separate pockets lest they pull out the wrong one at a roadblock.’
    • ‘Although carrying press cards, they were threatened, mistreated and held in a jeep for 36 hours without being able to communicate with their news organisations or their families, who were consequently very concerned.’
    • ‘It was at Cannes, in a room full of journalists, and I didn't have a press card - all the women were saying to me, ‘Oh… you don't have a press card!’’
    • ‘I even carry around fake press cards that say ‘International Journal Newspaper,’ with a picture of me in a scarf.’
    • ‘Because she works for an Internet publication, Mardini has no press card, making her an uncertified journalist in a country where all journalists must register with the ministry of information.’
    • ‘Fortunately I am a freelance reporter and when I produced my press card and asked to speak to her superior, she came back and said, ‘OK we believe you.’’
    • ‘Ralphie responded quickly as he flashed them his press card.’
    • ‘Possessing a press card is no guarantee of protection - in fact, it often proves provocative in highly precarious situations.’
    • ‘And more than once I was thrown against a wall and searched by soldiers who viewed my press card as a joke.’
    • ‘I showed him my press card and I thought that would be the end of it.’
    • ‘A press card starts cricket conversations and debates with strangers in unlikely places.’
    • ‘According to the judge, Nessen has a permanent resident card to work as correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle but has never applied for a press card at the Foreign Ministry.’
    • ‘Unlike us angry, impolite, untrained amateurs, you journalists get to carry a press card.’
    • ‘The second soldier patted me down roughly, then scrutinized my Harper's press card minutely.’
    • ‘Not only do I hold a press card authorised by Scotland Yard, but I have carried out several undercover exposés in the past three years.’


press card

/ˈpres ˌkärd/