The Indiana Daily Student and reporter Cate Charron, and the staff of The Battalion receive SPLC's 2022 collegiate press freedom awards.
The Battalion was recognized for its three-part investigative series into the human-rights records of companies in which Texas A&M's nonprofit charitable foundation invested donor contributions.
Texas law starts with the assumption that a requestor is owed records within 10 days. But asking the attorney general for an opinion stops the clock and can push the agency’s response time back by a month-and-a-half — which makes the process vulnerable to manipulation by an agency seeking to run out the clock on a deadline-sensitive request.
Texas A&M University decided in July to eliminate its journalism department because administrators said they could not afford to hire the extra professors needed to sustain the program.