Journalism educator and former editor Jay Shelledy directed the Manship School News Service from its inception and founded its Statehouse Bureau. He supervised student journalists in the Louisiana Capitol during the 2016 and 2017 legislative seasons, covering five regular and extraordinary sessions of the Louisiana legislature. In 2016 the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Newspaper and Online Division honored him as Educator of the Year, adding to Shelledy’s long list of accolades and professional accomplishments. Shelledy retired from the Manship School of Mass Communication in 2017.
The Manship School News Service Statehouse Bureau opened in 2016. Ten students from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication covered an unprecedented 19 weeks of legislative work.
In 2017, the Manship School News Service returned to the Louisiana capitol. The bureau expanded its production of video news and provided hundreds of stories for newspapers and news websites.