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I am a freelance photographer and have gained numerous press passes as such.
While not having specific assignments from media outlets, such as tv, radio, print, I continue to receive "credentials" to cover events.
The major reason, as I see it, is that I contact the event media coordinator via email and phone and discuss the situation with them.
I also have references from other agencies.
But I had to start somewhere and at the time I had no references.
I rarely have been denied a press pass in doing this over many years. I have been vetted by the DoD, all major tv outlets both cable and other, Dept of the Army, MC and White House Communications Agency. And to answer a ??, YES-I have always had my pictures distributed to a media organization as a result. Some were printed, some were not. Many smaller print media love "courtesy photos" for publication of events in print and are willing to buy/print your name with the "courtesy images."
That is essentially how I got started locally.
Contact is extremely important!