One of the reasons most media channels are private or based on authentication is the level of information and interaction. With the rise of internet and the many possibilities of online services more and more sport organisations want to give users the tools they need to do your job. For example getting the best seats for the final match or the right time and date of the press activities of the Japanese football team.
In the complete process of developing the Media Channel for the Asian Football Confederation we did first an exploration of all the steps users have to take and which checkpoints AFC wants to have to guide the user actions in the right ways. The registration and accreditation both a 2-step process. First you will have to register with a profile picture and media card. An AFC Media Officer can then decide to grant this user access. After this step they will be able to login and apply for accreditation.
Every event is based on accreditation, so there will be constantly checks if a users needs access to a particular event. The Media Officer can see the history of a user, important for verification and background checks.