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.