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Media Registration Guidelines

NACAC welcomes members of the working press to cover the NACAC National Conference and report upon its activities. Because of the increasing breadth and diversity of media attending the national conference, NACAC has updated its media registration policy to ensure that the value of media credentials is maintained for qualified journalists.

About Media Registration

  • Editors/writers/reporters requesting media registration must intend to cover the NACAC conference for their news outlet. Coverage of the conference must be the reporter/writer’s focus while in Minneapolis.

  • NACAC does not issue press passes to exhibitors, publishers, advertising and sales representatives, PR/marketing representatives, researchers, authors, or other non-editorial staff. NACAC does not grant passes to individuals who wish to network, do research, or see what is new in college admission. They may register as attendees. 

  • NACAC reserves the right to revoke previously issued media credentials when appropriate.

  • NACAC reserves the right to limit the number of press badges issued to a single media organization.

  • Photographers and camera crews must receive permission from NACAC before taping or broadcasting from the conference.

To Register as Media, You Must Present: 

  1. A business card clearly showing media affiliation (a print, digital, or broadcast news organization) and position (higher education/education editor, writer, or reporter). If a business card is used to register, an additional form of identification may be requested.

  2. A letter of assignment on official company letterhead from an editor of a recognized news organization certifying that you are covering the conference for the respective news organization.

  3. At least two published bylined samples, specifically editorial and/or news articles relating to higher education or college admission.

  4. Published bylined samples of coverage from previous NACAC National Conferences (if applicable).

Freelance Writers

  • Freelance writers covering the event must present a letter of assignment from a publisher, editor, or producer (on letterhead) of the media outlet to be considered.

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 NACAC.

  • 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 NACAC events.

On-Site Guidelines 

  • Registered media are the only attendees permitted to photograph and audiotape sessions (except for those attendees who have obtained written permission from the guest lecturer beforehand). Session recordings may be purchased through the official vendor. 

  • Members of the media may obtain permission from an exhibitor to take a photograph of their booth in the exhibit hall. However, the official NACAC photographer is the only person allowed to take photographs throughout the exhibit hall.

  • Videotaping any of the NACAC sessions is strictly prohibited, unless approved beforehand by NACAC. Media interested in videotaping in public areas of the convention center may do so only with the permission of NACAC and when accompanied by a NACAC department of communications staff member.

  • All registered press must display their badge/credentials prominently throughout the conference. Please identify yourself as a member of the press to the moderator before the session begins. Do not disrupt a session with questions, filming, or other intrusions. Speak with the presenter before or after the session for comments.

NACAC Press Room
We hope you plan on using the on-site press room during your national conference coverage. NACAC will email all registered press prior to the start of the conference with complete information.

To register as media, contact Pam McKeta at 703-299-6807.