From AJR, April 1999 issue
No Hard Feelings
Michiganís Oakland University may have lost a lawsuit, but its journalism students will be the ultimate winners.
By Lori Robertson Michigan's Oakland University may have lost a lawsuit, but its journalism students will be the ultimate winners. They're the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowed by the Oakland Press, an 85,000-circulation daily in Pontiac, Michigan. In 1995, the paper sued the public university for conducting its search for a new president in secret. A judge ruled the university violated the state's Open Meetings Act and awarded legal fees. After years of appeals, OU recently paid $42,740; Executive Editor Garry Gilbert says the paper added $8,000 more to fund the Oakland Press Endowment Scholarship for Journalism Excellence. Beginning in 2000, it will award $2,500 a year to one or two juniors or seniors planning careers in journalism. "We're very excited about this opportunity to help develop good young journalists," says Gilbert, an OU grad. "We'd like to create a pipeline of talent."
Lori Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org), a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.