Takeaway of study on credentialing practices could have implications on students

Amid recent discussions of media credentialing processes, student journalists have largely been left out of the conversation. A survey released Thursday titled “Who Gets a Press Pass? Media Credentialing Practices in the United States” shed light on patterns in journalists’ experiences acquiring press passes from 2008 to 2013.

One in five journalists has had a credential request denied, according to the survey released by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

The survey freelance journalists were twice as likely to be denied credentials than journalists employed full-time by a new organization. However, finding out where exactly student journalists fall within these patterns isn’t entirely clear.

Meet Beatriz Costa-Lima, one of SPLC's summer interns

I’m Beatriz Costa-Lima, one of SPLC’s summer interns. I’m a junior at the University of Missouri majoring in convergence photojournalism.

After years of art school, I thought I was going to be a painter. But I discovered journalism in high school and I found that I preferred notepads and DSLRs to canvases and oil paints.

For over five years I worked in some kind of student media. Most recently I worked at The Maneater student newspaper as city, state and nation editor and as a senior staff photographer, writer and designer.

Daily Bruin editors criticize student judicial board's ruling concerning candidate interviews with the press

Editors at the University of California Los Angeles’ student newspaper are dissatisfied with a ruling from the undergraduate Judicial Board that sidestepped the issue of whether candidates can be punished for giving interviews to the press.