It took more than four months and a fair bit of squabbling, but The Collegian at Georgia Perimeter College has finally begun receiving a set of records its staffers first requested from the school’s overseeing body in late July. Schick: “So far, we just have a partial amount of the total request, since they were told by our lawyer to release us information on a rolling basis. But I’d say we can definitely mark this one as a win for the college journalist.”
David Schick spent months on a $16 million story– before hitting a nearly $3,000 wall. In Schick’s words, “The wall took the form of exorbitant Open Records Act costs.” Since late last spring semester, the editor-in-chief of The Collegian has been investigating a $16 million budget deficit at Georgia Perimeter College and the accompanying controversial removal of the school president. Over the summer, a new number entered– and has continued to partially hold up– Schick’s investigation: $2,963.39. GPC administrators initially charged the Collegian that amount to fulfill a standard open records request for documents related to the budget turmoil.
College Media Hall of Fame, Class of 2011: Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
Frank LoMonte is a media law wunderkind. He helps student journalists, their advisers, their professors, and their publications at a prodigious rate, daily. Make no mistake: LoMonte is the face of student press rights in this country.