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Media Registration

​NACS welcomes members of the working editorial press to cover the NACS Show and report upon its activities, and provides complementary registration to qualified media. Because of the increasing breadth and diversity of media attending the Show, NACS has developed a media registration policy to ensure that the value of media credentials is maintained for qualified journalists.  

Online media registration is closed. Please register onsite in Chicago, and bring appropriate editorial credentials. 

Overall Guidelines

  • NACS media registration is open to working journalists with commercial news organizations only. This does not include research organizations.
  • For the NACS Show, sales representatives/public relations staff with exhibiting publications should register for exhibitor passes; sales/marketing representatives from non-exhibiting companies should register through general registration. These personnel may be unable to attend other NACS events.
  • The reporter/writer intends to cover the NACS Show, or some aspect that reflects on NACS for the news outlet. Further, specific coverage must be the reporter/writer’s focus: NACS does not grant passes for those who simply wish to “make contacts” and “learn about what’s new.”
  • Media credentials/badges from other shows that are not related to NACS events are not considered valid media credentials.
  • Companions and other non-credentialed guests of media representatives are not eligible for complimentary media registration.
  • NACS reserves the right to refuse media credentials for publications that cannot be verified or that it deems not substantive in reach or content; all requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • NACS reserves the right to revoke previously issued media credentials when appropriate.

Credentialing Requirements


 Print media

  • Only reporters or editors of consumer, industry trade or business media publications are eligible to attend. Research organizations do not qualify. Specialty publications that cover other industries and do not have a regular focus on the convenience store industry are not necessarily eligible for complimentary media registration, nor are internal corporate newsletters.
  • Publishers, sales vice presidents, advertising and sales representatives and other non-editorial staff must register through general registration.
  • Freelance writers and photographers covering NACS events must present a letter of assignment from a publisher, editor or producer (on letterhead) of the media outlet to be considered.

 Online Publications

  • ​Only journalists with news web sites or blogs qualify for media badges. Sites that are primarily for business or sales purposes (i.e., B2C or B2B) do not qualify.
  • Online journalists must have bylined articles on the site, as well as business cards verifying their positions/titles.
  • Non-editorial positions are not eligible for media credentials.

 Broadcast Media

  • ​Reporters and camera crews from broadcast television or radio stations must present a letter of assignment (on letterhead) from an approved outlet to receive media credentials.
  • Reporters and camera crews for web-based programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on written proposals of coverage that are submitted to NACS.
  • All credentialed media companies are expected to publish coverage of the event within 90 days of the event. Failure to do so may result in denial of press credentials for future NACS events.

 Register Today


Online media registration is now closed.

Please register onsite in Chicago, and bring appropriate editorial credentials. 




All media requesting credentials may be asked to provide any or all of the following:

  • A business card with name, editorial title and media outlet’s logo
  • A copy of the masthead, which clearly displays name and editorial title
  • A bylined industry-related article written and published within the last 12 months

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