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.