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If you are a journalist interested in visiting Washington, DC, please review the following media guidelines so we can assist you with your request efficiently.
Destination DC Media Guidelines
Please submit a media request form at least four weeks prior to your arrival to Washington, DC for domestic publications, and six weeks for international.
We may request you submit a letter of assignment from your editor on the publication’s letterhead. If you are a freelancer or blogger, please include at least two recently published travel related articles and your monthly traffic.
Destination DC invites visiting media to drop by our offices, 901 7th Street NW, at I (Eye) Street, to pick up maps, member brochures and the official visitor’s guide.
Destination DC’s communications staff may be able to provide background, interview opportunities, calendar of events, statistics or connect you with other PR representatives of hotels and attractions in DC.
Where appropriate, Destination DC’s media relations team may work with journalists to provide a customized itinerary. We do not hire guides nor may we always provide escorts, but Destination DC will be happy to provide you with self-guided itineraries and feature inspiration through our journalist e-newsletter.
Destination DC does not pay for hotel accommodations for journalists. We work to connect visiting press with our hotel members who may extend an attractive media rate or in some special occasions, complimentary accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Since hosting decisions are made by hotel partners, Destination DC cannot be responsible nor guarantee accommodations. We do work to match each journalist with a hotel that best suits their story.
Destination DC’s priority is assisting working press. Host hotels and attractions are not always able to accommodate spouses, children and visitors accompanying media.
Destination DC cannot help with air travel and ground transportation to and from the airports in our immediate area unless otherwise specified. We recommend journalists take Metro to and from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and bus from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Destination DC cannot arrange or assist with obtaining work visas or filming permits for broadcasting media in Washington, DC.
While we welcome TV broadcast, it is the journalist’s responsibility to get in touch directly with the District’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. When filming on the National Mall, additional permits are required by the National Park Service. Tripods are not permitted near the U.S. Capitol without a permit from the U.S. Capitol Police. It is important to reach out to locations with ample time. National Park Service permitting requests require two weeks.
- National Park Service Public Affairs Office: (202) 619-7225
- National Park Service permit requests: http://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/permits-for-filming-and-photography.htm
- DC Office of Motion Picture and TV Development: www.film.dc.gov, (202) 727-6608
- U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Office: http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov, (202) 224-1677
If you are requesting photography for your convention or meeting in Washington, DC, please complete this form to request access to our image gallery.
We appreciate if you share your article about Washington, DC upon publication. We regularly feature articles about our destination both on Washington.org and our social media channels.