The Daily Free Press Fund

$82,409 of $70k goal

Raised by 358 people in 25 months
Heather Goldin  BOSTON, MA
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.
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Update 4
Posted by The Daily Free Press
25 months ago
Since we've accomplished our goal outside of GoFundMe, we'll be shutting down this venue for donations. However, because so many of you are still eager to help out, we've activated a donate function on our website. You can also donate here:
http://dfpr.es/dfpPayPal
Again, thank you all for your aid along this wildly successful endeavor! We'll be reaching out to each of you with notifications regarding your gifts. Alumni, it's likely that we'll be looking to hold some sort of event for locals to gather, network, and celebrate. We'll be in touch with updates on that, as well as for the purpose of establishing a stronger virtual network that will keep FreeP support strong for years to come.

KeeP on FreePin' on, y'all!
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Update 3
Posted by The Daily Free Press
25 months ago
What an unbelievable 48 hours. With $10,000 pending from Bill O'Reilly, $50,000 promised from Massachusetts philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr., and of course the money from all 291 of you, the print edition of The Daily Free Press will live on!

The support from the Boston community, FreeP alums, and the greater sphere of journalists all over has been overwhelmingly encouraging. We can not thank all of you enough for helping to spread the word and donating!

We will be closing the gofundme soon, and we will begin assessing our funds and deciding how to handle the surplus immediately. Updates to come soon! Thank you again to each and every one of you!
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Update 2
Posted by The Daily Free Press
25 months ago
In less than 24 hours, The FreeP has already received more than $10,000! We knew the BU and overarching journalism communities were supportive, but the speed of this first push has been unexpectedly uplifting. EIC Kyle has already lost his voice from shouting your names, and we're only 1/7 of the way to our goal.

The support we've received from BU and FreeP alumni has been outstanding, but what's even more encouraging is the solidarity we've seen from student and professional journalists all across the country.

Remember, if you can't donate, you can still help on social media by linking to the campaign here, and by using #FreePFund.

Thank you, everyone, for all the help thus far!
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Update 1
Posted by The Daily Free Press
25 months ago
Hello everyone! The #FreePFund is live! Check out the incentives you can earn by donating.
Incentives are fun!
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Enrique Frederick
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Heather Goldin
25 months ago

Hey Steve, if you didn't get an email confirmation then it might not have worked, you should have a thank you message pop up on the screen if your gift is processed correctly!

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Steve Moore
25 months ago

Hey can someone let me know if my donation went through? I thought it did, but I don't see it on the right and didn't get an email or anything. Good luck!

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$82,409 of $70k goal

Raised by 358 people in 25 months
Created November 06, 2014
EJ
$50,000
Ernie Boch Jr.
25 months ago (Offline Donation)
BO
$10,000
Bill O'Reilly
25 months ago (Offline Donation)
CN
$5
Clinton Nguyen
25 months ago

SHOUT IT FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOPS KYLE

MD
$75
Melanie DeCarolis
25 months ago

I tell everyone I didn't major in journalism or English at BU; I majored in the Freep. (89-92)

CC
$75
Chris Cassidy
25 months ago
DW
$75
Doug Wicks
25 months ago

I wrote a number of mediocre articles for the Freep in 82 or 83. INVALUABLE experience - I learned about attribution (after the fact!) among other things. WTG Freep!

AG
$10
Anthony Guardia
25 months ago
HD
$75
Helga Dimitrov
25 months ago

Freep sports 1987-1991. Mike, Michelle, Vicki et al, you made the sports desk a blast. Everyone should have that much fun while working.

DS
$100
David Stifter
25 months ago

A Fresh start and hopefully history doesn't repeat itself

MN
$25
Matt Negrin
25 months ago
Enrique Frederick
1 month ago

thanks for sharing the information as it was important to us keep posting i will follow your account for more updates https://www.couponpitara.com/offers/pandahall/

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Enrique Frederick
1 month ago

ggdgd

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Heather Goldin
25 months ago

Hey Steve, if you didn't get an email confirmation then it might not have worked, you should have a thank you message pop up on the screen if your gift is processed correctly!

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Steve Moore
25 months ago

Hey can someone let me know if my donation went through? I thought it did, but I don't see it on the right and didn't get an email or anything. Good luck!

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