The Society of Professional Journalists named Louisiana State University’s student newspaper The Daily Reveille “Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper” Wednesday. But in what Daniel Reimold calls a “good news/bad news” situation, the paper lost its lawsuit against the university Tuesday.
The paper had requested records about the university’s search for a new president; District Judge Timothy Kelley said the search committee only had to turn over “résumés and related materials from the 10 candidates who submitted their names voluntarily for consideration” for the job.
The (Baton Rouge) Advocate and Nola.com also petitioned for those records in a separate action. The judge in that case, Janice Clark, ruled in the news organizations’ favor, setting up a rather confused situation.
“I’m disappointed with Judge Kelley’s ruling, especially since it contradicts Judge Clark’s ruling from last week,” Daily Reveille Editor-in-Chief Andrea Gallo told her paper. “But I’m glad that I got my day in court and I’m still hopeful that the records will eventually become public based on Judge Clark’s ruling and my interpretation of public records law.”
In his ruling, The Daily Reveille reports, Kelley said, “clearly, [the lawsuit] is not going to stop here.”