USA Swimming Professional Journalism Policies
USA Swimming strives to maintain a professional work environment for our event media. For this reason, we require that all journalists help us maintain this atmosphere. A signature on the media credential application indicates that the professional journalist has read, fully understands and is in agreement with the following professional journalism policies:
1. Athlete seating areas are off-limits to the public and accredited press. Interviews must be conducted exclusively in designated media areas unless special arrangements are made through the USA Swimming PR department.
2. We ask that all media respect the work environment of their colleagues by maintaining a quiet and professional atmosphere in the media work room and all other media areas of the venue.
3. All media are asked to show consideration to their peers, especially in crowded or busy work, press conference or mixed zone areas.
4. Internet usage in the media center is for work-related purposes only. Media members who do not follow the proper internet procedures may have their internet access revoked for the remainder of the competition.
5. Any secondary, non-editorial or commercial use of any picture, audio, film/tape/digital image or drawing of this event is prohibited without prior specific written authorization from the USOC and USA Swimming.
6. All media outlets must adhere to NBC's broadcast coverage regulations in addition to the policies mentioned above. USA Swimming reserves the right to enforce the above rules with consequences including, revocation or suspension of accreditation.
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - News Access Guidelines
NBC Universal, Inc. owns the exclusive right in the United States and its territories and possessions, excluding Puerto Rico (the "Broadcast Territory"), to cover the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (the "Trials"), and to record competitions and/or exhibitions (practice/ training, preliminary, qualifying and final rounds) at the Trials (collectively, "Trials Material").
Certain Trials Material will appear on the NBC Television Network, and other Trials Material may appear on other television, internet, wireless and other platforms owned, controlled by, or licensed by NBC Universal. These News Access Guidelines apply equally to any Trials Material, regardless of the NBC Universal service on which it is distributed. Use of Trials Material by any other television entity is permitted only if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
1. Source of Trials Material: The only permissible source of excerpts of Trials Material for use in the Broadcast Territory is footage that is taped off-air from any NBC Universal television platform. For the avoidance of doubt, Trials Material excludes announcer descriptions, any other audio elements, feature material and interviews appearing in NBC Universal's coverage of the Trials, none of which may be used under any circumstances in accordance with these Guidelines. However, other media may record interviews with athletes, coaches and officials in designated media interview areas away from the field of play at each Trials event, and such interview footage may be used in accordance with these Guidelines, provided that under no circumstances may such interview footage be used on the Internet or on any other digital, interactive and/or wireless media.
2. Use In News Programs Only: Excerpts of Trials Material may be used only in regularly scheduled television news programs of which the actual news elements constitute the main feature. This excludes programming such as news and sports magazines, news promos and updates, entertainment news programs, magazines and features, sports features and other sports programs or "special programs." This also excludes all potential distribution via non-television media, including the Internet (see #8, below). Furthermore, this also excludes any use of excerpts for promotional purposes. In the case of an all-sports television network, excerpts of Trials Material may be used only as part of regularly scheduled general sports news programs and are subject to the other limitations herein.
3. Length of Excerpts of Trials Material: Excerpts of Trials Material may appear in a maximum of three (3) newscasts per day. Such excerpts in any single newscast may not exceed two (2) minutes in total. For the avoidance of doubt, all usage of Trials Material, as well as any usage of permitted interview material (see
- 1, above), count against the 2-minute limitation set forth herein.
4. Airing of Trials Material Only After Trials Telecast Concludes: Excerpts of Trials Material taped off-air on any given day may not be telecast on such day in any time zone in the Broadcast Territory until the relevant NBC Universal broadcaster has completed its telecast in such time zone on such day.
5. 48-Hour Window: Excerpts of Trials Material may be used only during the 48-hour period following the time that the use of such excerpts is first permitted under these Guidelines.
6. No Outside Market Usage: It is strictly prohibited to feed any Trials Material or permitted interview material to any party located either within or outside of the local market of any particular Trials event.
7. Courtesy Credit: The following video credit must be displayed over any excerpts of Trials Material for the duration of the clip: "Courtesy NBC Olympics/USOC".
8. Internet: Under no circumstances may audio or video excerpts of Trials Material or permitted interview material be used on the Internet or on any other digital, interactive and/or wireless media, including (but not limited to) within regularly scheduled news programs that are streamed on the Internet. 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - News AccessGuidelines (Supplemental / Internet)
These additional guidelines (the "Supplemental Guidelines") supplement the News Access Guidelines issued with respect to NBC's coverage of the Trials. All defined terms herein retain their meaning from the News Access Guidelines, and except as otherwise set forth herein, all terms and conditions contained in the News Access Guidelines shall remain in full force and effect.
The use of certain material obtained at the Trials may be distributed via the Internet only in compliance with the following conditions:
1. The only type of content obtained at the Trials that may be distributed via the Internet is interviews with participants (e.g., athletes, coaches, officials) (the "Internet Material").
2. Internet Material must be captured in designated media interview areas and/or mixed zones, provided that these locations are away from the field of play.
3. Under no circumstances may any field of play material (e.g., competition or training) be distributed via the Internet. For the avoidance of doubt, it is prohibited to tape any portion of NBC's coverage "off-air" and distribute such coverage via the Internet.
4. The Internet Material may not be distributed live.
5. Under no circumstances can anything that resembles or approximates "coverage" (e.g., race calls and other real-time descriptions and accounts of competition) be distributed via the Internet.
6. Although there is no specific limitation with respect to the length and volume of permissible Internet Material, any such distribution should conform with the spirit of the News Access Guidelines generally.
7. All Internet Material must be removed from the Internet no later than August 7, 2008.
8. Internet Material must be accompanied by a link to the appropriate sport front on NBCOlympics.com http://www.nbcolympics.com/swimming/index.html.