We encourage anyone, regardless of media affiliation, age, or experience to sign up for a Radio Free Media ID Card.
Create your Media ID and order new or replacement cards by uploading a photo, your name and an address for shipping your card, using the automated process below.
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Everyone is a Journalist
“We don’t go into journalism to be popular. It is our job to seek the truth and put constant pressure on our leaders until we get answers.”— Helen Thomas,
Journalist for The White House press corps.
Empower people to change the world.
When journalists have the tools they need, they are empowered to take on bigger challenges, write bolder stories and think about journalism with a whole new set of ideas. From teenagers to veteran news anchors, our tools are used by everyone – and designed to be simple to understand. Radio Free Media ID Cards empower those who carry them to understand the importance of a free press and the role of the modern journalist from a perspective that constantly reminds us to keep our focus as the media on people, not profits.
Standard Media ID Package -$55
Our standard Media ID package includes:
- One (1) Custom Printed (with your photo) Media ID Card
- One (1) Radio Free Lanyard
- One (1) USB Operating System Key (orchid.cx)
To order your Media ID, complete the form at the top of this page. Upon completion, you will receive a temporary downloadable PDF card immediately.
Our Media IDs are printed using our in-house 100% outdated, underfunded technology which may leave unique qualities to each ID and give a worn-in appearance.
Upgrade with a Pelican™ Case
Pelican™ 1010 Micro Case™
A crushproof, watertight, & dustproof Micro Case from Pelican™ suited for journalists. This case is great for storing your Media ID Card, with added room for extra storage devices, small microphones and other small tools journalists need to keep protected from the elements.
Select this option on the checkout page after creating your Media ID.
“An outlaw can be defined as— Hunter S. Thompson
somebody who lives outside the law,
beyond the law
and not necessarily against it.”
Who can order Media ID Cards? Anyone can create a Media ID. We sell standard issue kits that come with a your custom printed Media ID Card to anyone wanting to get involved in journalism. You don’t have to major in journalism to be a journalist – everyone is a journalist. Start by uploading your photo on the top of the page.
Can I order a journalism kit as a gift for someone else? Yes, but be sure you have their permission to use their photo. Our Media ID kits are a great gift for anyone and make for a memorable reminder that can inspire people to take action reporting or voicing their opinion on important issues. Everyone can relate to something happening in the news, which makes our kits great for open ended exploration of topics from individual unique perspectives. Giving a gift that inspires future generations to get involved in journalism is the gift that will keep on giving.
Do you offer a student discount? Absolutely. Send a scanned copy of your school ID to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Student Verification” in the subject line. We will send you a code containing a student rate.
Is this an official press pass? 100% Authentic and issued by Radio Free – Independent Media for People, Not Profits. Our press passes are used by various different types of journalists. From the front lines of conflicts and protests, to the slightly more hospitable air conditioned press conferences, our press passes and journalism kits are made rugged enough to stand the harshest conditions PVC plastic can handle.
What is on the USB Key? ORCHID is a free open source operating system (OSOS) which runs independently on nearly any computer made in the past decade or so. It’s focused on security, creativity and freedom – and comes packed with some amazing tools for organizing journalism and building communities. With ORCHID you can keep your digital journalism confined to an operating system that erases after each use. Don’t worry, there’s a way to save your work. Try it today – get started on orchid.cx by downloading and booting it with any 16gb USB stick.
Will there be a dog on my ID? That dog has a name, Lollipop. Don’t worry, your image will appear there, Lollipop is just a placeholder and a fun way to show off our Media ID Cards. Get started on the top of the page by uploading the photo you want on your Media ID.
Lost, stolen, clawed, mangled, chewed?
We don’t need to know what happened, but it will cost you a $25 replacement fee each time you need a replacement card. Use the form at the top of the page to order a replacement. You will need to provide an updated photo and information. During the checkout process select the option for replacement card and enter your new Media ID Card Number.
Report lost or stolen cards with the error reporting system. If you wish to provide a description of the incident we may deactivate it.