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Media Credential Policy

In order to ensure Mackinac Policy Conference attendees and working media have adequate space and accommodations, the Detroit Regional Chamber requires media to apply for media credentials to attend the Conference.

Media credentials will be granted in lieu of Conference registration only to working media as defined below and will not be granted to applicants who the Detroit Regional Chamber determines do not meet the established criteria.

The Detroit Regional Chamber reserves the right to deny or revoke media credentials for any reason.

Credential applications are evaluated for each Conference. A history of being granted media credentials at the Mackinac Policy Conference DOES NOT GUARANTEE approval for this year’s Conference and does not waive the credential application and approval requirements.

All working media must apply to receive credentials prior to receiving a complimentary conference registration and are responsible for securing their hotel accommodations.

Credential Criteria

To qualify for media credentials to the Mackinac Policy Conference, applicants must be a working journalist at a bona fide newsgathering outlet including publicly read newspapers, news services, websites, and radio and television stations. Applicants must cover business or policy-related issues on a regular basis or be working on special assignment.

A working journalist is defined as someone deriving income from journalistic activities either independently or as part of an independent media outlet. Independent media outlets are those independent of special interest groups, trade associations, consumer organizations or government agencies or organizations with a primarily public relations function. Applicants who report for newsletters or other publications for such groups are not considered working media.

Non-Editorial Staff

Credentials will not be granted to non-editorial staff such as sales, business management, marketing, public relations, advertising, art, personal blog writers or publishers of media organizations. Publishers and station managers will not be credentialed unless they have an established record of a role in coverage (such as writing columns from the Conference) the previous year.

Public relations professionals will not be provided media credentials to accompany someone to an interview and will need to register as a conference attendee.

Personal Bloggers/Social Media

The Detroit Regional Chamber does not grant credentials for the purpose of writing a personal online blog or posting on non media-affiliated social media accounts.

Freelance Writers

Freelance writers must verify they have been retained by a bona fide news organization for the express purpose of covering the Mackinac Policy Conference. Freelance applicants will be asked to provide proof of their assignment.

Providing Further Information

The Detroit Regional Chamber may request media applicants to submit the following:

  1. Business Card
  2. An assignment letter from an editor. The letter must be written on company letterhead and include a detailed explanation of the assignment.
  3. Samples of recently published work

Credential Denial

Should you be denied media credentials for the Mackinac Policy Conference, you will be denied access to the Conference unless you purchase registration.

Media Access

Media credentials provide complimentary access to keynote addresses, Conference forums and sessions and the on-site media center. Media also has access to the Grand Hotel’s parlor.

Media credentials do not grant access to cover private receptions.

Video Cameras and Recording

Video cameras and recording devices by credentialed media are not allowed in the Grand Hotel Theatre without permission of the Detroit Regional Chamber AND AN ESCORT BY CHAMBER STAFF for B-roll only. News organizations that want to capture main stage programming inside the Theatre may make a special request through the Media Center to be escorted into the Theatre for limited recording. Media wishing to capture video/audio of main-stage programming in the Theatre are provided access to a pool feed. The Detroit Regional Chamber reserves the right to ask a reporter with a camera to leave the Theatre at any time.

NOTE: Due to contracts with Conference speakers, video and audio recordings of some speakers at the Mackinac Policy Conference may be restricted or may not be allowed.

Flash Photography

Flash photography is not allowed in Grand Hotel Theatre. Photographers shooting in the Theatre are welcome to take photographs, but must not use a flash. A Flickr photo feed will be uploaded real-time, and media will be provided the link or can request it by emailing Chris Moyer.


Media Center

The Detroit Regional Chamber offers a full service, media workroom at Grand Hotel. Services and resources available include: copier, high-speed Internet, work space, refreshments and onsite assistance, including broadcast of main-stage Conference programming into the workroom. A special WiFi login will be provided to all media, and details will be provided in the media bag and the welcome email the first day of the Conference. Please contact Chris Moyer if you cannot find this information.

Media Row

In addition to the media center, the Detroit Regional Chamber operates Media Row along the parlor level of Grand Hotel. Limited space is available for media outlets that broadcast LIVE from the Conference. Media Row will be open for broadcast on Tuesday, September 21, Wednesday, September 22, and Thursday, September 23. The Chamber strives to accommodate all requests, but media credentials do not guarantee space on Media Row. Space will not be assigned until late May. Requests for space, equipment, technology and furniture must be submitted by July 30, 2021 to allow for consideration at Grand Hotel.

Press Conferences

All press conference requests must be submitted by July 30, 2021 to be considered. Please note, the press conference schedule for the 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference will not be confirmed until the week of August 23, 2021.

For more information, contact Chris Moyer.

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