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CREDENTIALING TASK FORCE
For decades, decisions to grant credentials to print reporters often were based on traditional criteria such as circulation numbers, which were assumed to prove a certain legitimacy. In recent years, digital media have blown holes in tradition, leading to myriad questions, some as basic as "Who are those guys?"
The USBWA Online Credentialing Task Force was formed in 2013 to identify criteria that would be helpful to all parties when it comes to submitting and either granting or denying credential requests. The task force was comprised of reporters from traditional print and online publications, sports information directors, representatives from APSE and USBWA officers. The task force agreed that the APSE's statement of ethics guidelines constituted a good model for professional journalism websites to follow.
It was decided that USBWA could perform a service to reporters and sports information directors, many of whom are members, by identifying websites that deserved full consideration for credentials. How to do that? The task force set up a committee to review websites with focus on the following criteria:
• Editorial oversight and adherence to journalistic and ethical
Below are the websites endorsed by the USBWA through Nov. 1, 2015.
Point of emphasis: NCAA member institutions and other event-sponsoring organizations retain the sole right to grant or deny credentials. Endorsement of a site by the USBWA does not guarantee credentials will be granted.
The USBWA Online Credentialing Task Force
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) ABOUT THE ONLINE CREDENTIALING PROCESS
Q. Is this application the same as applying for USBWA
Q. Is USBWA membership required for endorsement by the
USBWA’s Online Credentialing Task Force?
Q. Does USBWA membership guarantee endorsement by the
USBWA Online Credentialing Task Force?
Q. I am employed by and cover college basketball for a
media organization – newspaper, website, TV/radio. Should I apply
Q. I am a freelance writer. Can I be endorsed?
Q. I am the editor/sports editor/sports director of a
traditional media outlet: newspaper, magazine, TV/radio station or
network. Our organization also has a website, on which we post
college basketball coverage. Should we apply for endorsement?
Q. Does endorsement guarantee I will be credentialed by
NCAA member institutions, college basketball tournament events or
for the NCAA tournament?
Q. What is a "qualified endorsement?"
* does not include affiliate sites in partner network
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