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I have received more than 15 FOIA requests over the past 30 days from a local newspaper. Can I classify the newspaper as a “recurrent requester” so that I will have more time to respond to these FOIA requests?
No, members of the “news media” such as newspapers are generally exempt from the “recurrent requester” provisions of FOIA.  As long as the principal purpose of the newspaper’s FOIA requests are (1) to access and disseminate information concerning news and current or passing events; or (2) for articles of opinion or features of interest to the public; or (3) for the purpose of academic, scientific, or public research or education, then the newspaper may not be classified as a “recurrent requester” under FOIA. 

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August 2017
I have received more than 15 FOIA requests over the past 30 days from a local newspaper. Can I classify the newspaper as a “recurrent requester” so that I will have more time to respond to these FOIA requests? View answer
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