The Daily Free Press is the independent student-run newspaper of Boston University. Founded in 1970 at the time of student protests following the Kent State shootings, the FreeP has been reporting daily university and city news ever since. Over several decades, the many students involved with The Daily Free Press have had the invaluable opportunity to learn the basic operations of print and online journalism, the significance of news reporting in an urban environment and how to craft a written journalistic voice.
Much like any other legitimate newspaper, we are a business, and a vast majority of our funding comes from advertisements. Our costs during the last 44 years have included paying a printer for daily print production, rent, and the many small fees associated with running a business.
In recent years, advertising revenue at The Daily Free Press has decreased significantly, and the organization failed to properly adapt. As of November 1, 2014, The FreeP's total debt is $67,953.19. In response to this deficit, as of the 2014-2015 academic year we have changed from a daily to a weekly print model, emphasizing daily online content
. This remodeling has cut our costs by nearly 80 percent, and we expect to it to be much more sustainable. However, our primary creditor and publisher, Turley Publications of Palmer, MA has given us an end-of-the-year deadline to repay a significant portion of this debt, or they will close our account. If we have not resolved a majority of this debt by December 31st, 2014, BU's only print newspaper will cease to exist.
We at The FreeP are appealing to all who are involved with the Boston University community, as well as anyone who recognizes the importance of student journalism. Alumni and alumnae of both BU and The Daily Free Press itself, family members, and unaffiliated individuals with an interest in student publications or journalism in general, we ask that you donate whatever amount of money you can to our beloved FreeP. With your help, we will continue to provide not only news content to the BU and Boston communities, but also a first-rate journalism opportunity for students.
*Back Bay Publishing, Inc, dba The Daily Free Press, is an IRC 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible.